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NORFOLK (AP) -- Steel walls are being used to contain pollution in the Southern branch of the Elizabeth River and to protect waterfront property from contamination.

Three separate environmental projects are using the technique.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the projects include the Atlantic Wood Industries site in Portsmouth, the former Allied industrial site adjacent to the Atlantic Wood site, and Money Point in Chesapeake.

A rectangular steel wall was recently completed at the Atlantic Wood site, which is managed by the federal Superfund program.

A private company, Portsmouth Elizabeth River Properties, plans to build a smaller wall at the former Allied site.

Another company, Hess Corp., laid steel piling underground at Money Point to prevent groundwater contaminated with creosote waste from leaching into the river.

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