Shell to spend $80M to remediate potential multibillion-dollar ethane cracker plant site

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MONACA, Pennsylvania — Shell Chemicals will spend $80 million to remediate the area surrounding an old Horsehead Corp. site along the Ohio River in western Pennsylvania.

The Beaver County times reports ( ) the rehabilitation could be in preparation for a potential multibillion-dollar ethane cracker plant in Potter Township.

A filing with the state Department of Environmental Protection indicates officials found high levels of lead and arsenic on the 300-acre property.

Remediation of the site will take years to complete. Shell intends to lay down at least several feet of soil to prevent rainwater from getting into the contaminated soil.

The site had been used for more than 80 years by a variety of industrial developments, including the St. Joseph Lead Co. zinc smelter and subsequent Horsehead zinc plant.

Information from: Beaver County Times,

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