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Head up, Pennsylvania....Drake Site Incinerator Risk Assessment

  [Federal Register: December 24, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 247)]
  [Page 67362]
  >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
  Technical Workshop on Drake Site Incinerator Risk Issues
  AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  ACTION: Notice of meeting.
  SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a workshop convened by Eastern Research 
  Group, Inc., an EPA contractor, for scientific peer review of the EPA 
  draft risk assessment for the Drake Chemical Superfund Site Incinerator 
  full-scale operation in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. The workshop will be 
  held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and will be open to members of the 
  public as observers. The peer review, to be conducted by scientists 
  from outside EPA, is being organized to assist in completing the risk 
  DATES: The workshop will begin on Thursday, January 15, 1998 at 12 Noon 
  and end on Friday, January 16, 1998 at 12:30 p.m. Members of the public 
  may attend as observers.
  ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Genetti Hotel & Conference 
  Center, 200 West 4th Street, Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701. Since 
  seating capacity is limited, please contact Eastern Research Group, 
  Inc., Tel.: (781) 674-7374, by January 9, 1998 to attend the workshop 
  as an observer.
  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical inquires, contact Mr. 
  Gregg Crystall, U.S. EPA Region III, 841 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 
  PA 19107. Tel.: (215) 566-3207. Copies of the draft risk assessment 
  will be available for inspection in the EPA Region III Library, 
  Philadelphia, PA, and the EPA Headquarters Information Resources 
  Center, Washington DC. In addition, the draft risk assessment will be 
  available for inspection in: the Ross Public Library, West Main Street, 
  Lock Haven, PA, 17745; the Stevenson Library, Lock Haven University, 
  Lock Haven PA, 17745; and the Lock Haven City Hall, 20 East Church 
  Street, Lock Haven, PA, 17745. Inquiries concerning additional 
  opportunities for document review should be directed to Mr. Crystall.
  SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: While operational, the Drake Chemical 
  Company in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania was sited numerous times by State 
  and Federal agencies for violating environmental and health and safety 
  regulations. In 1982 as a response to the Company's noncompliance with 
  environmental regulations, EPA Region III undertook emergency removal 
  actions. These actions included removal and disposal of surface drums, 
  surface sludges, and liquids contained in process and storage tanks, 
  and placement of fences around the property. Additional remediation 
  actions have been conducted in several phases since then. Phase I 
  remedial activities included the remediation of a leachate stream 
  draining into Bald Eagle Creek. Phase II included drainage and removal 
  of materials from two lined Lagoons, and demolition and removal of the 
  on-site buildings. Subsequent studies conducted at the site indicated 
  that the remaining contamination in soils presented a serious threat to 
  the environment and human health. The 1988 Record of Decision concluded 
  that the remaining site wastes, approximately 200,000 cubic yards of 
  contaminated site soils, sediments, and sludges from the on-site 
  lagoons, should be excavated and treated on-site in a high temperature 
  incinerator. The excavated soils would be stockpiled temporarily, 
  remediated in an on-site rotary kiln incinerator, then returned to the 
  site. After all the contaminated soil had been remediated, the 
  incinerator would be dismantled and removed from the site.
      Prior to full-scale operation, a trial burn process was conducted 
  to ensure incinerator equipment functioned according to operational and 
  safety specifications. Prior to conducting this evaluation, EPA Region 
  III prepared a trial burn process risk assessment (June, 1996). The 
  trial burn process risk assessment was developed using approximated 
  data drawn from site soil samples, anticipated soil feed rates, 
  incinerator design parameters, and emissions data from other 
  incinerators. Results of the trial burn risk assessment were presented 
  during a public meeting held in September 1996. The trial burn process 
  was conducted in January and February 1997.
      Most recently, EPA Region III developed a full-scale operation risk 
  assessment by utilizing actual data collected during the trial burn 
  process. The resulting Draft Drake Chemical Site Incinerator Full-Scale 
  Operation Risk Assessment (November 1997) is the subject of the current 
  peer review.
      For the current review, EPA is inviting a panel of 14 independent 
  scientists from the fields of toxicology, environmental fate and 
  transport, combustion engineering, atmospheric modeling, exposure 
  assessment, and ecological assessment. These scientists will focus on 
  the scientific data, methods, and analyses, along with the assumptions 
  and uncertainties that are associated with full-scale operation risk 
  estimates. Following the workshop, EPA will consider the scientist's 
  individual recommendations in completing the risk assessment. The risk 
  assessment documents undergoing review relate only to scientific 
  issues. Although the completed risk assessment will be one of the 
  factors considered in making future decisions for the Drake Chemical 
  site, these decisions and other risk management issues will not be a 
  part of the peer review process.
      Dated: December 19, 1997.
  William H. Farland,
  Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
  [FR Doc. 97-33735 Filed 12-23-97; 8:45 am]
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