Contaminated soil removal completed at SRS creek

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 5:49 PM
Last updated 8:54 PM
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An extensive cleanup involving the removal of 5 million pounds of contaminated soil along Lower Three Runs Creek has been completed, according to Savannah River Site officials.

The 20-mile creek flows through the site and crosses portions of Barnwell and Allendale counties before meeting the Savannah River.

A multiyear project financed in part by the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act included cleanup work at three primary sites and the placement of miles of fencing and more than 2,000 signs. Though the stream leaves SRS, government property on both sides serves as a buffer as if flows through private property.

Because low levels of contaminants remain in soils and sediments, fishing or public access to the creek will not be allowed, said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lead project manager Robert Pope.

“However, testing of the water in Lower Three Runs has shown it to be safe, with contaminant levels below EPA standards,” he said.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the SRS management contractor, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control were also involved in the cleanup programs.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/08/12 - 08:31 am
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This article is woefully devoid of information. We are told the removed soil was contaminated. With what? What was the concentration of the contaminant(s) and how does that compare with the EPA contamination limit(s)?

Where was the removed contaminated soil taken? How is the contaminated soil to be secured such that the public or government workers are not exposed to it? How many years is security of the contaminated soil planned?

Was the removed soil replaced with soil borrowed from somewhere else? Where is the borrow pit? How about showing some photos of the remediated areas along the creek and also some photos of the ugly scar created at the borrow pit?

grinder48
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grinder48 08/08/12 - 09:52 am
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Because low levels of contaminants remain in soils and sediments, fishing or public access to the creek will not be allowed, said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lead project manager Robert Pope.

“However, testing of the water in Lower Three Runs has shown it to be safe, with contaminant levels below EPA standards,” he said.

HUH? Then why are 2000 signs needed?

When they were diggind in the creek to remove contaminated soil, was run-off flowing into the river?

This is ridiculous!

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