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EPA officials to discuss cleanup plans

Federal officials will explain their plans Thursday for this summer's cleanup of a 10-year-old toxic spill at the Mid-Atlantic Wood Preservers plant in Harmans.

Eric Newman and Felicia Dailey of the Environmental Protection Agency will answer questions during a public information meeting at 7 p.m. in Wesley Grove United Methodist Church, 1320 Dorsey Road.

The plant was targeted by the EPA for cleanup when it was placed on the National Priorities, or Superfund, list in 1984. EPA and state officials have worked with the plant's owner, Fort McHenry Lumber Co., for nearly a decade. Together, they have been investigating the extent that the chemicals used in preserving wood, including arsenic, had contaminated the surrounding ground and developing plans to remove those chemicals and monitor the site.

Three years ago, the EPA determined the site posed a health risk to employees if they inhaled or swallowed small quantities of the contaminated soil or dust over a long period. The owners decided to close the plant in February.

The cleanup, including the removal of contaminated soils, should begin this summer.

Pizza deliveryman robbed on Laurel trip

A pizza delivery man was robbed Friday night while making a delivery in Laurel.

According to police, Daniel Michael Davic, of the 9900 block of Hughes Road in Laurel, was approached from behind at 8:24 p.m. and robbed of between $120 and $130. He was not hurt.

Police have no suspects.

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