U.S. ARMY CORPS AWARDS SAIPAN CLEANUP TO HAWAI‘I FIRM

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TANAPAG, Northern Mariana Islands (July 27, 2000 – Hawai‘i Public Radio)---The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $3.1 million contract to a Hawai‘i company to remove contaminated soil from a village in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Environmental Chemical Corporation will remove soil laced with cancer causing PCBs from a cemetery in Tanapag Village on the island of Saipan.

PCB concentrations in the soil was about 10 times greater than levels considered safe.

The PCBs were introduced to Tanapag in electrical capacitors originally purchased by the U.S. Army for a 1950s missile program.

About 5,000 tons of soil needs to be removed. The project should be completed by next year.

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