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Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2000 10:28:21 -0400 (EDT)
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From: kelley.jeff@epa.gov
Subject: EPA SEEKS COMMENTS ON PLAN TO COMPLETE CLEANUP AT AIRCRAFT 
COMPONENTS INC.; MEETING AUGUST 8, 7:30 P.M.

U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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Media Contact: Don de Blasio(312) 886-4360
Technical Contact: Kevin Adler(312) 886-7078
For Immediate Release: August 02, 2000
No. 00-OPA174

EPA SEEKS COMMENTS ON PLAN TO COMPLETE CLEANUP AT AIRCRAFT
COMPONENTS INC.; MEETING AUGUST 8, 7:30 P.M.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has
recently proposed a plan to complete cleanup of
radiological contamination at the Aircraft Components,
Inc., Superfund site, Benton Harbor, MI. The site, also
known as D & L Sales or Benton Harbor Warehouse, was the
focus of a $7 million cleanup by EPA, in consultation with
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, that began in
July 1997 and ended this past March.
An informational meeting to discuss the plan, followed by a
public hearing, will be held Tuesday, August 8, 7:30 to
9:30 p.m., Bobo Brazil Community Center (Old Naval Armory),
472 Cass St., Benton Harbor. A public comment period ends
August 28, 2000.

The 17-acre site, at 671 North Shore Drive, Benton
Township, is next to a residential area, and bordered to
the south by the Paw Paw River. The property includes
three interconnected warehouse buildings, two concrete
foundations that are remnants of buildings previously
demolished by EPA, two collapsed buildings, and two Quonset
huts. Prior to EPA's cleanup, the warehouse buildings
contained World War II-era military aircraft parts bought
as surplus material for resale. Among these materials were
hundreds of gauges marked with paint containing radium-226,
a radioactive element. A few contaminated aircraft parts
still remain on site, along with residual radium-226 dust
in parts of the buildings and on exposed concrete
foundations.

EPA has researched three clean-up alternatives and
recommends a $2.2 million plan that includes additional
demolition and off-site disposal of the various waste
materials. In the earlier cleanup, EPA demolished two
dilapidated buildings, removed radioactive debris, and
decontaminated a large Quonset hut. Some decontamination
of the remaining materials was also conducted.
EPA's plan and other site documents are available for
review at Benton Harbor Public Library, 213 East Wall St.

A fact sheet summarizing the clean-up alternatives and
EPA's recommended plan will be available at the meeting, or
can be requested toll-free from Don de Blasio, Community
Involvement Coordinator, 800-621-8431, xt. 64360, or
e-mail, deblasio.don@epa.gov.

Send written comments to Kevin Adler, Remedial Project
Manager, U.S. EPA Region 5, Superfund Division, 77 West
Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604, fax 312-353-5541, or
e-mail, adler.kevin@epa.gov.


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