Soil with asbestos delivered to homes in western Massachusetts

INFORMATION BOTH ON AIR AND ON WWLP.COM BARRY: A BIG AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS MISTAKE. HOMEOWNERS GET SOIL WITH ASBESTOS IN IT DELIVERED TO THEIR PROPERTY. ONLY ON 22 NEWS, I-TEAM REPORTER RYAN WALSH REVEALS WHY THE STATE IS AT FAULT. RYAN WALSH: THE STATE SHIPPED OFF 2000 CUBIC YARDS OF SOIL THAT CONTAINED ASBESTOS. SOME OF THAT CONTAMINATED SOIL ENDED UP IN YARDS IN HAMPDEN COUNTY. THIS ALL HAPPENED IN THE LAST MONTH. THE SOIL WAS FROM THE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS HOSPITAL PROPERTY IN WESTFIELD.THE STATE’S BUREAU OF WASTE SITE CLEANUP TOLD THE I-TEAM, THAT SOIL WENT TO TWO BUSINESSES. ONE IN SPRINGFIELD, ANOTHER IN AGAWAM. CONTRACTORS THEN SOLD IT TO HOMEOWNERS IN SOUTHWICK AND GRANVILLE. ASBESTOS IS DANGEROUS TO BREATH ONCE IT GETS AIR BORNE AND IS KNOWN TO CAUSE CANCER. THE HOMEOWNERS WE SPOKE TO SAID THEIR CONTRACTORS TOLD THEM WITHIN 24 Hours OF DELIVERY THAT THE SOIL MAY BE CONTAMINATED … OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, STATE WORKERS THEN COVERED THE PILES TO REDUCE ASBESTOS EXPOSURE. IT THEN TOOK ABOUT TWO WEEKS TO CLEANUP THE SITES. THEY’RE EXPECTED TO CLEAR OUT THE SOIL FROM THE BUSINESSES BY THE END OF THE WEEK. RYAN WALSH: WE WENT TO SEVERAL OF THOSE HOMES TODAY. THEY ARE NOW WAITING ON THE STATE TO REPLACE THE TOP SOIL AS PROMISED. ONE BUSINESS OWNER WHO RECEIVED THE SOIL SHIPMENT TOLD THE I-TEAM, HE DOESN’T EVEN WANT TO BE Affiliated WITH THIS STORY.THE STATE HAS TO COMPLETE AN INCIDENT REPORT BY THE END OF THE MONTH. WE’LL LET.

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