Ashland planning commission gets first look at superfund site clean-up

By KBJR News 1

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM CDT

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- The Ashland Planning Commission got their first look a plan presented by Xcel Energy to begin clean–up of the city's superfund site.

The first phase of the remediation plan calls for thermal treatment to contaminated land soil around Kreher Park, resulting from years of industrial contamination.

Representatives from Xcel Energy, one of the named parties responsible for the site contamination, say the plan presented to the commission is the best method for removing contaminants, while protecting the area from further contamination.

"Containment is built into the plan and containment being a sheet pile wall, and other walls that are built around the perimeter of the site so that those containment walls will not allow any contamination in the area to migrate out of the site." said Mike Bebeau, Xcel Community Service Manager.

The next step in phase one of the clean up process requires the Environmental Protection Agency to review and approve the plan.
If approved, the first phase of construction clean–up could begin as early as April.

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