EPA Superfund site secures funding for asbestos removal

6 Sep 2017 by under News
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A Springfield, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund site will not shut down due to lack of funds for removal.

The Pillsbury Mills site is a former food processing plant that fell under EPA supervision in March 2016; remediation efforts began in February. According to WAND 17, it was possible the site would run out of funding by this Labor Day. The cleanup was originally estimated to cost $1.6 million, but the site’s 47,000-square-foot basement flooded and contained asbestos that had to be removed, putting the project in jeopardy.

The EPA website states the area contains friable asbestos-containing construction debris, friable asbestos‐containing pipe wrap and boiler insulation materials, unknown drums, compressed gas cylinders and universal wastes. “By mid-July, nearly 2,200 tons of contaminated debris and 840 cubic yards of contaminated pipe wrap and boiler insulation had been removed and shipped off-site,” the website reads.

A project manager at the site told the news source it would take an extra $350,000 to complete the work, and just shy of the Labor Day deadline the EPA approved an additional $200,000 for remediation efforts. “These funds are necessary to continue this project, which is critical to public health and safety of Springfield residents,” U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) said. “Congressman Darin LaHood and I were able to work with the EPA to provide this year-end funding and ensure taxpayer dollars are not wasted on shutting down the project and having to start it again. Hopefully we will see this project completed this fall.”


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