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Dewey Loeffel cleanup system gets upgrade

Jul 22, 2014 6:32 am
Brian Nearing is reporting in the Times Union the U.S. Environmental Agency is revamping its $2.5 million water treatment system at the toxic Dewey Loeffel Landfill. The upgrade will remove an additional type of pollution not addressed when the system first began running last winter. The system will now remove a stabilizer and solvent that is also a component of some cosmetics, detergents and shampoos. The upgraded system is scheduled to be in place by November. In a statement, the EPA said the water treatment rate at the facility will be reduced while the additional equipment is installed. Afterward, the treatment rate will be increased and water will be sampled at least three times before any discharge into the Valatie Kill is approved. The system is meant to cleanse toxins seeping through water beneath the 16-acre, unlined dump, which contains about 46,000 tons of PCBs, solvents and other toxic chemicals. Dewey Loeffel operated from 1952 to 1970, when it was closed by a court order. Read the full story in the Times Union.