EPA nearly done with testing soil for asbestos in Davidson community

18 -6 4 WHO ARE FRONTLINE WORKERS LIKE TEACHERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS. BACK TO YOU. AFTER YEARS OF CONCERNS, LIVING ON TOP OF ASBESTOS, MANY ARE GETTING THE ANSWERS THEY HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW SERIOUS THE PROBLEM IS THAT SATURATED THEIR YARDS AND PLAYGROUNDS, WE TRAVELED WITH THE EPA FACIALS AND SAW THE TESTING THEY — OFFICIALS AND SAW THE TESTING THEY ARE DOING UP CLOSE. Reporter: Families Now IN DAVIDSON HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH ASBESTOS UNDER GROUND FOR DECADES. WE ARE Get THE FIRST LOOK AT HOW THE EPA IS SAMPLING THE SOIL TO SEE IF IT HAS ALARMING AMOUNTS. AFTER MONTHS OF TESTING THE EPA IS WRAPPING UP SOIL SAMPLING IN DAVIDSON. IT ALL STEMS FROM A NEARBY FACTORY THAT PRODUCED ASBESTOS Material UNTIL THE 1960 s. THE MINERAL LEAKED UNDER GROUND. SOME Inhabitants Utilized IT AS FILL DIRT BACK THEN.WHEN A LEAK HAPPENED IN 2017 THE EPA CAME OUT TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL BUT NEIGHBORS SAID IT WAS NOT ENOUGH. DUE TO PUBLIC CONCERN WE CAME OUT TO TEST EXPANDED AREA AROUND THE MILL. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. Reporter: MANY NEIGHBORS DID NOT LEARN ABOUT THE HEALTH IMPACTS UNTIL YEARS LATER WHEN THEY FOUND PROLONGED EXPOSURE CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS AND LUNG CANCER. WE Squandered TO PLAY HERE. Reporter: Citizens HERE EXPANDED THEIR TESTING OUTSIDE OF THE MILL SITE TO LOOK FOR ASBESTOS IN HOMEOWNER’S YARDS. IF THERE IS AN ALARMING AMOUNT THEY WILL REPLACE THE SOIL FOR FREE. WHEN THEY DO TEST HER PROPERTY LATER THIS WEEK THE RESULTS WILL CALM HER FEARS. FOR THE WELL BEING OF THE COMMUNITY, YOU KNOW, AND OUR CHILDREN GROWING UP. WE NEED TO BE TESTED. AND FREE FROM ALL OF THERE STUFF. Reporter: BUT, GRAM IS STILL NERVOUS, HER HOME BORDERS THE PARK WHERE CREWS FOUND TRACE AMOUNTS OF ASBESTOS SEVERAL MONTHS AGO CLOSING PORTIONS OF THE PARK. IF IT IS IN THE PARK IT HAS TO BE IN HER YARD. YOU DON’T KNOW WITH THE ENERGY AND THE WIND AND ALL OF THAT, I AM SURE IT IS PROBABLY AROUND HERE, EVERYWHERE.Reporter: THE EPA SAYS OF THE MORE THAN 80 HOMES THEY TESTED ONLY A HANDFUL NEED TO BE FIXED. IT DOES SEEM QUITE SMALL. Reporter: EPA WILL FINISH.

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