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Abex Corporation

Residents To Return Home

Site workers completed demolition of the Abex foundry building on May 13. The relocation team anticipates that temporarily relocated residents will be able to return to their homes before June 9. Abex representatives will notify temporarily relocated residents by letter of the date and time of their move back into their homes, at least two days before the moves take place.

All dust-creating activities at the site are complete. Site workers have removed all demolition debris, except for some clean sand and scrap steel. The clean sand will be used to level the surface of the site. Earlier sampling showed that the sand is free of contaminants. Additionally, the scrap steel will remain at the site until it can be taken off-site for recycling.

Currently, site workers are conducting wipe sampling at the homes of those residents who were temporarily relocated. Site workers will be able to tell from the results of the sampling if any homes became contaminated with lead dust during the demolition. Results from the sampling should be received and analyzed a few days after they are taken.

If samples show lead contamination inside or outside of the homes, site workers will clean up the contamination. After removing the contamination, site workers will resample the homes to ensure that all contamination has been removed. Once EPA and site workers determine that the homes are clean and safe, residents will be permitted to return to their homes.

Additionally, site workers began cleaning the interiors of five homes that showed elevated lead levels before the demolition activities began. The interiors of these homes are being cleaned in keeping with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines.

Before residents return home, EPA will provide them with information about the moving process. If you have any questions about moving back into your home, please contact an EPA representative at the Community Information Trailer.

What Happens Next?

Over the next few days, site workers will complete work at the former Abex facility. Site workers will install a 10 foot high fence around the entire facility area. The concrete pad on which the foundry building stood will remain. Additionally, site workers will plant a grass cover on any areas of the facility that are not covered with concrete or asphalt.

Community Information Trailer

EPA opened a Community Information Trailer at the Abex Corporation Site. 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 Effingham 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

Please note that due to the Memorial Day holiday, the EPA Community Information Trailer will be closed on Saturday, May 24, and Monday, May 26. EPA representatives will resume trailer operations on Tuesday, May 27.

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