State Will Finish Pottstown Plating Co. Waste Clean-Up

State Will Finish Pottstown Plating Clean-UpPOTTSTOWN PA – Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said Wednesday (Sept. 18, 2013) that it would undertake the job of removing hazardous materials remaining at the former Pottstown Plating Co., South Washington Street and Industrial Highway, because the property owner has stopped its clean-up there, The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper reported.

DEP spokesperson Lynda Rebarchak told the newspaper the estimated cost for the cleanup is $553,851.

The company performed electroplating of metals. It opened in 1950 and closed in 2009 just before going bankrupt, according to DEP information cited by The Mercury.

When the DEP inspected the site during 2009, it ordered owners to hire a contractor to remove hazardous waste and address a number of environmental issues there. Work stopped in 2010 due to lack of funding, and when the DEP demanded the clean-up to continue in October 2011, no further action was taken.

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