CHICAGO The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Century Aluminum
Co. to develop an updated cleanup plan for its property in
Century has reviewed the
EPAs findings and "will fully comply" with corrective
measures required by the agency, a spokesman for the
Chicago-based company said.
Restarting the Ravenswood
smelter, which has been idled for more than four years (
amm.com, Feb. 4, 2009), "remains a priority" for
the company, he said.
Century has said that it hopes
to have a decision on whether it will restart the idled
Ravenswood smelter by the end of the second quarter (
amm.com, April 29).
The EPA, which is overseeing a
cleanup at the Ravenswood property, said June 5 that soil and
groundwater in the area are contaminated with cyanide,
fluoride, lead, arsenic and polycyclic aromatic
Under the EPAs order,
Century must produce a materials management plan that
identifies specific locations where contaminants remain, and
put in place safeguards for any future construction or
excavation in those areas. The plan must be approved by the EPA
and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection,
the agency said.
The order also restricts the
company from using groundwater beneath the Ravenswood property
as drinking water and using the site for anything other than
industrial activity until it has been demonstrated that there
is no threat to human health or the environment, the EPA