Monadnock Ledger Copy
Published: 12/13/2021 10:40:56 AM
Modified date: 12/13/2021 10:40:20 AM
The US Environmental Protection Agency stepped in to lead the clean-up of a commercial building in Jaffrey known to be contaminated with asbestos, which became a threat to the neighborhood last year when a major fire left a large amount of asbestos-contaminated debris at the site. .
The total cost of the cleaning is estimated at $660,000, and it will take about two months.
The site at 39 Webster Street, which was recently a commercial office space, is known locally as the WW Cross Building from its long use by the company of the same name from 1916 until the late 1990s. Originally, the building was a manufacturer of fasteners and fasteners, operated by the Granite State Tack Company, then owned by the United Shoe Machinery Corporation before being bought and operated by WW Cross.
The city worked with site owners to assess it for potential environmental risks, hoping for eventual redevelopment of the building, including an environmental site assessment in 2017 and 2019. Those assessments identified an asbestos concentration of up to 225% in the roof.
In June 2020, a five-alarm detonator penetrated the eastern part of the building, burning part of it to the ground and leaving a large amount of debris. The building was not occupied at the time, and had not been in commercial use since 2012.
An evaluation by the Environmental Protection Agency, conducted at the end of 2020, indicated that debris was still on the site and was at risk of contaminating surrounding property, and showed evidence of intruders on the property, including in the area where debris from the fire is. It was stacked.
“Since the credit [asbestos containing material] Located outside, not contained and exposed to the elements, asbestos can easily migrate off-site to neighboring properties, creating an inhalation threat to the surrounding community. As mentioned earlier, within a quarter mile of the site are residential/commercial properties and one daycare. Many residential properties are also in close proximity to the site and are at immediate risk of exposure to asbestos,” says a report by field coordinator Daniel Burgo of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
A sampling from the site in 2020 concluded the presence of chrysotile asbestos in the roofing material and in the property’s HVAC system.
Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, a progressive, long-term, non-cancerous lung disease.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the recommended removal of asbestos from the site, including excavation of contaminated soil, and backfilling of the site with clean soil. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has appointed a community engagement coordinator for the project, and will work with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the town of Jaffrey in the clean-up.
Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.