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SEOUL - Sailors at Chinhae Naval Base might soon find their hazardous waste storage needs filled in a more convenient manner.

Chinhae officials said they expect a hazardous waste storage facility to be finished by late October. The project is about 50 percent complete, according to a Navy news release.

The release says that contractors are awaiting the arrival of materials from the United States before continuing construction because the facility is being built to U.S. specifications.

The $691,000 project will replace six outdated facilities, and will include a paper-shredding facility; storage for batteries, oil, pesticides and cleaning products; and a car wash.

Chinhae Public Works officer Lt. Troy Brown said in addition to helping with official hazardous waste management, the new facility will allow sailors to rid themselves of used oil and batteries.

Additionally, the car wash — equipped with an inground oil and water separation system — will be available for personnel vehicles.

Sailors leaving South Korea can donate their unused cleaning supplies to the new facility instead of throwing them away. The supplies will be redistributed to new residents.

“That way people don’t just dump it down the drain,” Brown said.


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