Public forum on former ESCO plant held Wednesday

Greenville – There was some frustration in Greenville Wednesday over the EPA's pace in cleaning up the former ESCO manufacturing plant in the Ardis Heights area.

During a public forum, Carlos Sanchez, chief of the EPA's Arkansas-Texas superfund section, explained that there is a lot more to come in the process, which is now expected to take another three years to complete.

The location became a superfund site last September. ESCO manufactured electrical transformers and related equipment at the site between 1946 and 1970. Tests on the soil at the site discovered the ground is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) at depths up to 15 feet.