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Abex Corporation

Temporary Relocation Project Status

Temporary relocation for residents living next to the Abex foundry building took place on Monday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 6, 1997. Representatives from EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Abex's contractor were on hand to help residents during the relocation process. No problems arose during the residents' moves into their temporary relocation.

EPA believes that the temporary relocation will last approximately four to six weeks. After the demolition is complete, site workers will take samples inside the residences of those people temporarily relocated to determine if it is safe for people to return.

Upcoming Events

EPA anticipates that demolition of the former Abex foundry building will begin on Thursday, May 8, 1997. Site workers will use a large machine called a shear during the demolition. Similar to a large pair of scissors, the shear will cut larger portions of the building and then gently place the debris on the ground.

Next, site workers will sample the debris for lead. If the debris is considered safe, site workers will prepare the materials for disposal at an approved landfill. If the samples show contamination, the debris will be treated before disposal at a landfill.

Additionally, site workers will continue to sample the air at the site and the surrounding area for the presence of airborne lead. So far, no lead has been detected in the air samples. During the demolition of the foundry building, results of the air monitoring will be posted outside the EPA Community Information trailer.

Increased Security

During the foundry demolition and the temporary relocation, EPA has increased security around the site and at the homes of those residents who have been temporarily relocated. Both local police and a private security firm regularly patrol the site property and residents' homes. The increased security will ensure that residents' homes are protected.

One of the procedures that the private security firm follows is to patrol around the homes of temporarily relocated resident every night at various intervals. During the patrol rounds, the security personnel use special "keys" placed in the area at different locations. The keys are inserted into a portable timekeeping device that verifies that the security personnel have visited the selected locations in the neighborhood. In order for security to keep record of their patrol rounds, it is important that these keys are left untouched. The keys are only useful for the timekeeping device. If you see anyone tampering with these keys, please report it to the EPA Community Information trailer as soon as possible (see below).

Seventh Street Row Homes Demolished

On Monday, April 28, site workers began demolishing the row homes adjacent to the Abex site along Seventh Street. The debris from the homes was moved to the foundry property where site workers sampled it for contamination. Results of the sampling showed that the debris was safe for site workers to send to an approved landfill for disposal.

Walkway to Community Information Trailer

This week, site workers placed a wooden walkway outside the Community Information trailer. The walkway extends from the parking lot outside the Washington Park Community Center to the trailer. The walkway allows for easy wheelchair access and provides a safe and clean path to the trailer.

Community Information Trailer

The EPA Community Information trailer at the Abex Corporation Site opened Saturday, April 26. You can visit the trailer to speak with a member of the EPA Community Involvement Team about the site, site activities, and the temporary relocation. The trailer is located next to the Washington Park Community Center and playground.

The trailer will be open:

Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please visit or call:
(757) 393-7807
(757) 393-7790

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