EPA to supervise long awaited cleanup at Admiral site in South Carolina

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 12:31 PM
Last updated 9:22 PM
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After more than a decade of planning and study, the removal of contaminated soil at a Williston, S.C., industrial site will begin next week.

The project at the Admi­ral Home Appliances Su­per­fund Alternative Site will
take about three weeks, ac­-
cording to the U.S. Environ­mental Protection Agency, which is supervising the cleanup along with the state Department of Health & Environmental Control.

Whirlpool Corp.’s contractors will perform the work, which involves excavation and disposal of contaminated soil from under a small portion of the parking lot at the main plant building. The soil will be taken to a landfill.

The cleanup area focuses partly on the site of a former wastewater treatment plant built in the 1950s.

Operators of the plant – including Chill Chest, Rheem, Magic Chef and Admiral – used the plant to treat industrial wastes that contained solvents and chemicals.

The plant’s sewage was diverted to the Williston treatment plant in 1982, but preliminary surveys in 1989 and into the 1990s found soil and groundwater contamination in and around the former wastewater areas.

The soil removal is part of a broader cleanup plan.

Other actions include a pilot test to treat low levels of solvents in groundwater under the building and the removal of metals-contaminated sediment in a nearby wetland. Those projects are expected to begin next year.

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