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By Dan Rudy 

Byford monofill options still in discussion

 

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Approximately 18,500 cubic yards of treated but contaminated soil sits in temporary containment near the site of 2016's Byford junkyard cleanup. The site had been extensively contaminated with lead, petroleum and other substances over decades of use. While the worst bits were already shipped abroad for disposal, the remaining soil will need to find repose closer to home due to lack of funds.

With a month left before work is scheduled to resume, discussions continue on the future of a stockpile of contaminated soil excavated from the former Byford junkyard.

Heading the cleanup effort that began in 2016, the Department of Environmental Conservation removed over 60 shipping containers of debris and heavily contaminated soils from the yard, which for years had been a privately-run repository for automotive and marine junk. The City of Wrangell had assumed responsibility for the property through foreclosure in 2006, and lacking the funds to pay for remediation of the heavily pollute...



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