1st phase of former Ind. plant cleanup nearly done

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Posted: Nov 10, 2009 4:42 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the first phase of a toxic waste cleanup at a north central Indiana Superfund site is nearly complete.

EPA officials visited the former Continental Steel site in Kokomo on Tuesday to check on the cleanup, which is being supported by $6 million in federal stimulus funds.

Crews began work in September to move about 80,000 tons of lead- and arsenic-contaminated slag waste to a nearby lagoon area for use as fill. That effort is about 95 percent complete.

The area will next be graded and covered with soil.

Continental Steel's plant closed in 1986. The EPA has already spent more than $60 million to clean up the site, including demolition of the main plant.