BEATRICE – Truckloads of contaminated soil are now being hauled from a contamination site, in west Beatrice.
A company spokesman for Entach LLC confirmed that removal work got underway on Wednesday, at the site of a former coal gas plant that existed decades ago, in Beatrice. The area is located along the east bank of the Big Blue River, south of the highway bridge on West Court Street. Silt fence has been established around the site, and a cofferdam is planned later on, in the project.
The work is being supervised by Black and Veatch, of Kansas City. The $2.8 million project was approved by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. The city is paying about $700,000 of the cost, while Centel Corporation, also an owner of the property, is paying the bulk of the cleanup cost.
It’s expected the removal project will be going on through the early part of the summer. The soil being removed from the site will be trucked to the Beatrice landfill, where much of it can be used as cover material.