Hallmack site to be monitored for 30 years for contamination

December 05, 2003|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Owners of the Hallmack building may begin demolition of the vacant plant this month, but they will have to treat contaminated ground water for at least 30 years.

The contamination that caused the building to close more than 10 years ago came from plating waste, nickle and chromium and the cleaning solvent, trichloroethylene. The company made bathroom fixtures such as towel racks.

Matt Hackathorn, public information officer for the Kentucky Division of Waste Management, said the state expects all of the surface soil around and under the building to be declared clean by the middle of the month.

"They have cleaned up five areas of concern, and we expect by mid-month to send up a public notice that the surface soil has been cleaned," he said.


Nevertheless, Kidde-Fenwal, the building's owner, will have to test surface soil uncovered by the demolition and treat any additional problems they find in the exposed soil. The state has not determined the responsibility for contamination or the results of it for the people who might purchase all or portions of the 30-acre site on U.S. 127 at the northern edge of Harrodsburg.

"There has been no final determination regarding assurances to would-be buyers," Hackathorn said. "We're still considering that."

"(Kidde-Fenwal) may find other areas of surface soil that need cleaning up," Hackathorn said.

"They are responsible for the ground water and for sampling the ground soil and any additional problems they find."

He said since the soil will be considered clean, the debris from demolishing the building will not have to go to a hazardous materials landfill, but rather it will be taken to a construction demolition debris landfill.

According to the Harrodsburg/Mercer County Industrial Development Authority, Kidde-Fenwal intends to complete demolition of the 165,000 square foot building in three months from the time it begins. Once demolition is complete, the owners intend to begin marketing the site in the spring.

The ground water is pumped and cleaned and then released into the Harrodsburg sewer system. Hackathorn said that once the water is treated on site, it is not contaminated when it goes into the sewer system.

Kidde-Fenwal has a 30-year post closure permit, which means the company will have to monitor the ground water for a minimum of the next 30 years.

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