EPA Maps Sediment Contamination from Metachem Plant

Jan 17, 2014

Credit Don Rush

The Environmental Protection Agency is mapping out the sediment from the old Standard Chlorine/Metachem plant near Delaware City.

The government agency is wrapping up weeks of sampling at 80 different sites near the Red Lion Creek…where toxic substances such as chlorinated benzenes, dioxins and PCB’s have been found at a depth of 24 feet and in ground water at depths of 150 feet.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that even hundreds of yards away from the former plant and its storage facilities workers are required to wear protect suits as they wade through nearby wetlands.

For years the plant produced chemicals used to make herbicides and pesticides stockpiling wastes with promising promises of recycling.

David Carter, conservation chair for the Delaware Audubon Society, said this demonstrated the value of the state’s ban on new heavy industry in the Coastal Zone.