Rain doesn’t stop work at former Brush site

Staff writer

Recent rain storms have forced workers at the former Brush Beryllium site to transport water off-site while the remediation project continues.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is excavating the site and removing soil contaminated with beryllium, lead, radium thorium and uranium.
Last week, it began shipping water off-site for disposal when the volume of excess water reached the capacity of the on-site treatment system.
Arleen Kreusch, a Corps spokesperson, said workers encountered similar conditions in June and changed the water management plan to accommodate loading of tanker trucks on the property. She said the water is being transported to a discharge location at an approved sanitary sewer.
The sewer lines are maintained by the Northwestern Water and Sewer District and are linked to the City of Toledo’s treatment system.
Kreusch said that only water that meets the city’s disposal regulations is being transported off-site.
Excavation can continue while the water is being removed, she said.
The Luckey site is one of 21 throughout the country the Corps has designated for its Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program.
The project at the Luckey site is about 20 percent complete, the Corps estimated in August when it said it had removed 34,446 tons of contaminated soil from the site.
At the time, the 2,000th truckload of material from the clean-up project was transported off-site for disposal.
The results of sampling of groundwater during the spring were consistent with earlier tests. Some on-site wells show contaminant concentrations above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant levels for drinking water. An off-site residential well located to the north of the site is not showing any trends for beryllium, lead, or total uranium, and does not contain any site contaminants of concern above the maximums.
The Corps has identified soils contaminated with beryllium, lead, radium-226, thorium-230, uranium-234 and uranium-238 for removal.


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