ARMCO site investigated
Chicago, IL— U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Region 5 announced that an environmental investigation,
which is the first stage of a cleanup project, has begun at the
Hamilton ARMCO site, New Miami, Ohio.
Residents and businesses near
the site can expect to see construction equipment and workers
in required safety gear. The Phase 1 work will determine the nature
and extent of contamination and will include sampling of soil,
ground water, surface water and sediment and installation of monitoring
wells. Sampling areas will include former by-product areas such
as air sludge scrubbers, a rail yard, stormwater outlets, drainage
ditches, fuel storage tanks, wastewater settling ponds and a closed
The site is composed of two parcels
on 252 acres with a history of heavy industrial use since the
early 1900s. Starting out as a coke plant, the property was also
the site of iron, steel and road tar manufacturing. Now vacant,
the property was purchased by AK Steel in 1994 and subsequently
blast furnaces, buildings and other structures were demolished.
The work now under way will be
performed by AK Steel contractors under EPA oversight in consultation
with Ohio EPA.