1999 - Pepe Field clean-up
January 24, 1999 Daily Record
The Town officials and residents are ready to see 30,000 tons of contaminated soil begin leaving Pepe Field. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which began the clean-up project in the fall of 1998 and recently completed phase one, will begin excavating the bad soil next month.
The initial phase, known as stabilization, included setting up emergency procedures with town officials, cordoning off the contaminated soil from homeowners property, and setting up perimeter sensors to detect hazardous gases in the air. The gases in question, methane and hydrogen sulfide, can be dangerous if not gauged correctly.
By products from Drew Chemical’s soap and vegetable manufacturing plants were dumped at the site from the 1920’s to 1950’s producing the noxious gases under the soil.
By August, two thousands loads of waste was removed from Pepe Field. The paper stated the clean-up to be completed by November 1999.