Work Starts on Cleaning Up Acme Plant Site

Hazmat-suited workers prepare barrels for moving. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Hazmat-suited workers prepare barrels for moving. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Clean-up has started on the old Acme Power Plant site north of Sheridan.

Jayme Binion, who's an environmental project manager with the state, said clean-up of the site will be done in phases, and the first phase is now under way.

She said that additional assessment will be the second phase of the project. She said Acme is a brownfield site.

A news release from the Sheridan County Conservation District, which owns the power plant, said the current work includes sampling and removal of over 50 55-gallon drums and removal of approximately 40 cubic yards of loose and accessible asbestos-containing materials. These activities will prevent further contamination of the site and surrounding area pending additional assessments in the future.

Hayden said most of the drums contain oil, but there are some whose contents are uncertain. Carrie Rogaczewski, who's manager of the conservation district, said funds for the site stabilization work are coming from the state's voluntary remediation program.

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A barrel being moved to a new location. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A barrel being moved to a new location. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Barrels are being collected together on one side of the plant. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Barrels are being collected together on one side of the plant. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The Acme Power Plant. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The Acme Power Plant. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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