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Cleanup begins at Ellwood City recycling plant that burned

Megan Guza
| Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, 4:36 p.m.

Cleanup began at an Ellwood City hazardous waste recycling plan that burned Sunday and Monday, even as firefighters battled hotspots into Monday afternoon.

Inmetco officials brought in outside contractors to handle the job, according to Ellwood City fire Chief Rick Myers.

“They're making pretty good headway,” Myers said. He said the portion of the building where the fire started collapsed on itself and onto the burning product.

“It's a slow, tedious jaunt to get into there,” he said.

Company officials did not return a call for comment.

Myers said the Department of Environmental Protections was continuing to monitor the air quality around the plant, but smoke didn't appear to pose a danger.

“It'll smell nasty, but they're telling us it's not hazardous,” he said.

The call for the fire came in just before 9 a.m. Sunday, officials said. The fire was contained to the building of origin by about 10:40 a.m.

Inmetco, a subsidiary of Horsehead Holdings Corp., specializes in recycling metals from batteries and hazardous waste.

In March, Inmetco announced a $10 million expansion of the Ellwood City plant to increase capacity by 15 percent and meet increased demand for its steel waste and battery recycling services.

The project was expected to be completed in 2016, according to a news release on the company's website.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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