The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it will hold a public meeting and hearing on December 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. to discuss options for remediating the former Keystone Metals building site in the Borough of Cheswick, Allegheny County.
The meeting will be held at the Cheswick Municipal Building Council Chambers located at 220 South Atlantic Ave in Cheswick, PA 15024. Following the public meeting, a formal public hearing will take place to received testimony from residents.
Investigations by DEP between 2011 and 2013 determined that soil on-site was contaminated with radium-226. DEP will remediate the site to the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act 2 Site Specific Standard.
DEP considered the following four alternatives to address the threats at the site: 1) No action; 2) Cap the site with 4.5 to 6 feet of clean fill and restrict the site to industrial or commercial use; 3) Remove contaminated soil to the groundwater table and bring the area back to grade using clean fill; 4) Excavate and dispose of all contaminated soil.
The preferred alternative is Alternative 2, which complies with relevant requirements and is cost-effective, but a final decision has not been made.
The public meeting will provide an overview of the site remediation and the options before DEP, and will answer questions from the audience. At the conclusion of the public meeting, the public hearing will give residents the opportunity to present oral comments for inclusion in the Administrative Record.
Persons wishing to present comments must register with Brian Schimmel at DEP’s Southwest Regional Office, in writing at 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, by email to: email@example.com, or by telephone at 412-442-4199 before noon on December 1, 2016.
The Administrative Record will be open for comment until January 30, 2017.Persons may also submit written comments into the record, during this time only, by sending them or delivering them to Dawna Saunders, Project Manager, Department of Environmental Protection, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.