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Del. Officials Eye Plan For Toxic Ash Dump Site

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are holding a public hearing on a remediation plan for a toxic ash disposal site in Sussex County.
 
Thursday night's hearing in Millsboro concerns the Burton Island Ash Disposal Site at the Indian River power plant in Dagsboro.
 
Delmarva Power used what is called the Operable Unit 2 site for ash disposal from 1957 to 1979.
 
Officials say soil, groundwater, pond water, and pond sediment at the site are contaminated with coal ash containing several toxic metals - including arsenic, barium, mercury, selenium, and thallium - that pose a risk to wildlife and a slight potential cancer risk to humans.
 
Plans are to stabilize the site and maintain it in an undeveloped condition and inaccessible to the public.


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