ATTICA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that its fight against smoldering fire in a huge heap of recyclable materials at Hillcrest Industries "continue going well" and that round-the-clock efforts will be cut back.
Starting Monday, work will be done in 12-hour daytime shifts, since steam and mist make nighttime work difficult under artificial lights, an EPA spokesman said.
Over the weekend, crews began breaking apart the 40-foot-high pile, which covers an acre. In the first 24 hours, about 5,200 cubic yards of material was moved and extinguished, the EPA spokesman reported. He added that "smoke and odors are under control" and that air monitors are detecting "very low" levels of volatile organic compounds at the site and none at all at Attica Central School.