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Contaminated soil cleanup underway in Crystal Springs

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CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MS (WLBT) - Work to cleanup contaminated soil from a site near the Kuhlman Electric Plant in Crystal Springs was underway Tuesday.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality began excavating soil from a drainage ditch as well as residential and commercial properties adjacent to a creek that runs into Lake Chautauqua.

In April 2000 Kuhlman notified DEQ they found soil with PCBS or polychlorinated biphenyls and several other chlorinated compounds.

The groundwater from one of the city's wells was found to be contaminated and closed in 2005.

"If it needs to be done, I hope they get it done to satisfy everyone concerned. It is a concern to this community and the people who live by it," said William Covinton, a Crystal Springs resident.

The company used PCBS in their transformers from the 1950s until 1973.

The cleanup process will continue throughout the year and could extend into 2011.

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