EPA Releases Asbestos Report on Former Military Base

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a report describing several options for clean-up at the North Ridge Estates site near Klamath Falls, Oregon, home to a former U.S. Marine barracks.

In the 1940s, the U.S. Navy constructed a Marine barracks on the land, consisting of approximately 80 buildings, all of which contained asbestos building materials. “In the 1970’s those buildings were demolished, and the North Ridge Estates, a residential housing subdivision, was constructed,” explains a story aired on KDRV 12. “Since that time, both the Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA have worked to completely remove the asbestos from the area.”

“On Thursday, crews simulated raking an area where the EPA has not observed asbestos yet. The activity-based sampling mimics what residents do at home to determine if there are asbestos fibers in the soil,” the story stated.

Officials say that though clean-up has happened at various parts of the site, there is still much work to do to make North Ridge Estates asbestos-free. They also stated the this week’s sampling is the last to be done before they finalize details for the remainder of the clean up process.

“Cleaning up asbestos to protect the health of people, we’ll do one of two things. One is to just fence off parts of the site so that people can’t come in contact with the contamination. Another way is to conceal it under a cap of clean soil,” says Public Information Officer Judy Smith.