Cleanup underway for North Carolina properties tainted by old asbestos factory

19 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette1 100x100 Cleanup underway for North Carolina properties tainted by old asbestos factory If you drove by properties surrounding Davidson, North Carolina’s Metrolina Warehouse, once known as the Carolina factory, over the past few weeks, you may have seen workers mowing lawns — in hazmat suits — as part of a cleanup effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

A grassy hill covers a decades-old dump located behind the factory, and last fall the EPA found on 20 neighboring properties, launching a $3 million cleanup effort. According to WFAE 90.7, the EPA cut grass on the properties to further test for .

“It was humorous, because you see guys in full white suits and gas masks on, respirators on, pushing lawn mowers across the yard,” Tim Mascara, whose property is one that contains , told the news source. “Then they caught all the clippings and put ‘em on a truck and hauled ‘em off and tested ‘em.”

Those tests found no airborne , which is linked to an array of cancers including deadly , but cleanup of the already found on the properties is scheduled to take place the second week of May. To remediate the , EPA contractors will dig up the top foot or so of soil, lay down a plastic barrier and then fill yards with new, clean soil. Residents will have to move into hotel rooms provided by the EPA for a few days while the cleanup is underway.

worries originated at the site after a Charlotte, North Carolina, developer proposed building an apartment complex on the factory’s grounds, which also contain . The project remains on hold as the developer and state officials wrangle over how to abate the factory’s grounds.

 

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