Cleanup of Charleston plant site begins next month

Cleanup of Charleston plant site begins next month

Charleston, SC (AP) - Work begins next month on an $8.5 million project to clean the ground and water at the site of an old fertilizer plant in Charleston, the fifth such site in the area to be cleaned in the past seven years.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing the cleanup of the old Columbia Nitrogen site, which has lead and arsenic in the soil. A fertilizer plant was operated on the site for almost seven decades.

More recently, it was a storage yard for shipping containers but now is now unused.

Ken Mallary, the EPA project manager, says that the work of removing soil at the 33-acre site will begin in October and be completed sometime next year. The soil will be taken to a landfill in Dorchester County.

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