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Bedford GM Plant Developing New Oil Removal System
Updated June 19, 2017 9:09 AM | Filed under: Business
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(BEDFORD) - Bedford's General Motors Plant is developing a new oil removal system for the plant.

Much of the contamination from the use of PCB chemicals at GM is in oils.

The system would collect the remaining oil from in and around the lagoons near the plant where the contamination resides once the oil reaches the top of the lagoon.

According to Project Manager Cheryl Hiatt, a solar-powered pump will be installed that will periodically collect oil, and pump it into a drum once it reaches a certain thickness. The drum will be contained in a building on the site with a containment area around it. Once the drum is full, the oil will be sent for incineration.

Absorbent socks also will be used to soak up lighter oil that is mixed with water that would not go through the pump. Once those are filled with oil, they will also be sent for incineration.

Officials also gave an overview of the newly installed section of a groundwater trench. The trench is designed to provide horizontal groundwater transport. It collects groundwater for treatment. Construction of the trench, located on the northeast side of the plant was completed last August.

To learn more about the 16 year-long PCB remediation project, visit or the Bedford Public Library.

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