Story last updated at 11:51 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002

Tours planned at soil cleanup site
The Community Rivers Planning Coalition will conduct visits on May 9 at noon and 3 p.m. to the Homer Department of Transportation facility north of Baycrest Hill to view a special heating process being used to treat contaminated soils.

The tours are an effort to draw attention to the lack of a designated place on the Kenai Peninsula to bring soil contaminated by fuel or chemicals for treatment.

Much of the soil to be remediated was removed from the area around the former Trailside General Store in Homer following a 1998 gasoline leak. More than 3,000 cubic yards of soil will be remediated in six sessions, according to Lindsay Winkler, coalition watershed coordinator.

Advance registration to see the process is recommended. Call the Homer Soil and Water Conservation Service at 235-8177, extension 5 for more information.

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