Zinc smelting contamination will be hauled away–but not far away

Zinc smelting contamination will be hauled away–but not far away

The zinc smelting leftovers that will be removed from people’s yards in LaSalle won’t be hauled far away. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Remedial Project Manager Demaree Collier says the soil will be hauled to the old Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc Company site. It’ll be put in a big container yet to be built.

Collier says it would cost too much to haul the contamination farther away.

The EPA says up to 2,700 residential yards could have been contamination from zinc, nickel, manganese, chromium, and other metals. The zinc smelting company it’s thought to have come from operated from 1858 to 1961.