Early Industrial Park site cleanup proposed

April 07, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - A 13.4-acre property that once was home to a Hagerstown metal recycling facility will have to be cleaned before the property owner, Newell Enterprises Inc., may sell it.

A proposed plan for the cleanup process was presented Thursday night by Michael R. Bagnasco of Quest Consulting Inc. Representatives from Maryland Department of the Environment, who will critique and eventually approve or deny the plan, were in attendance at the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown.

The property is at 18604 Leslie Drive in the northeast corner of the Early Industrial Park.

MDE has 75 days after the date the draft was given to them to comment. Public comment will be accepted through April 21.

The recycling facility on the site closed in 1999 after operating for about 22 years. Since February, the property has been part of MDE's voluntary cleanup program that provides state oversight for voluntary cleanups of properties contaminated with dangerous substances.


Bagnasco said Tuesday that lead is a primary contaminant on the Newell property. Other contaminants include other metals and PCBs.

The company has focused on five work areas on the site: media plant buildings, water recirculation tanks, previously excavated soil stockpiles, a stormwater retention pond and a former feedstock area, he said.

Some work has been completed. In 2005, two phases were finished - part of a preliminary plan before moving to the response action plan. These included removing and disposing of stockpiles and the demolition of three buildings.

"We're going to clean up the rest of the site," Bagnasco said. "It's going to be a low-tech cleanup."

The cleanup will be done in three phases, with the first starting within 45 days of the plan's approval. The third phase is scheduled to begin in Spring 2007.

Once the property is cleaned, it will be put on the market, said Russell Wright of Newell Enterprises. He said the property could only accommodate another industrial venture. He said the property is ideal for an industrial site.

"We're going to do what we need to do to clean it up and sell the property," he said.

To speak your mind ...

To comment on the proposed response action plan, contact Richelle Hanson, MDE project manager, at 410-537-3493 or e-mail

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