Headland Residents Discuss Area Plant Fate

Residents and community leaders from Headland, gathered Thursday night, to discuss the fate of the American Brass Plant.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the groundwater beneath the 148 acre plant, is contaminated by chemicals like selenium, manganese, magnesium and zinc.

Nearby residents met to learn about several proposed plans for the sight.

Some residents are concerned about the plants dilapidated look, and say they would like to see it demolished and the ground cleared.

However EPA officials say they would like to continue studying the land to see if the contamination levels have dropped.

Brian Farrier, EPA Remedial Project Manager said, “We want to excavate 31,000 tons of cubic dirt and dispose of it off-site, at a landfill off-site, and for the groundwater we want to monitor it and make sure that it's contaminants have gone down with time."

As of August of 2004, the EPA has spent over $11 million removing land and studying the plant.

The newly proposed plan to excavate more solid for further study along with the off-site disposal of that soil is estimated at around $4.6 million.

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