State says cleanup of soil tainted by oil during Isabel has been completed

August 03, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

About 600 tons of soil near the Chesapeake Bay that was contaminated by home heating oil during Tropical Storm Isabel last year has been cleaned up, state officials announced yesterday.

The oil spilled when Isabel's winds and storm surges knocked oil tanks from their bases. The oil could have contaminated ground water and created a health risk for those who drink well water, said Dave Humphrey, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of General Services.

In addition to removing the contaminated soil, state contractors reseeded the land.

The state coordinated the $2.25 million, 10-month cleanup, three-fourths of which was paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The state paid $562,500 for the project.

The cleanup targeted 170 properties in eight counties. Most of the contaminated soil was found in Baltimore County. Soil was also contaminated in parts of Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis, Pasadena and Severna Park, Humphrey said.

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