State begins cleanup of Elkton waste site


State environmental officials said yesterday that they have begun removing nearly 1,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil from the grounds now owned by a rail car repair and cleaning facility in the Trinco Industrial Park near Elkton.

A previous tenant, the now-defunct Galaxy Chemical Co., dumped solvent residue on the site, contaminating soil with hazardous heavy metals and volatile organic compounds, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Most of the contamination is in the top 6 inches of the soil and will be removed from three separate areas of the site now owned by General Electric Railcar Repair Services Corp., said John Goheen, a spokesman for the department.

Removal of the contaminated dirt should be completed next month, and the soil taken to a commercial hazardous waste incinerator in Rock Hill, S.C., Mr. Goheen said.

State environmental inspectors discovered the contamination in 1988 during an inspection required by the federal government because the rail car company was shutting down its plant.

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