According to recent reports a clean up has been scheduled to remove asbestos from piping at a former Air Force base. The clean up is to take place at the former East-Central Illinois Air Force Base, in the village of Rantoul, Illinois. The Public Works Director said that he was pleased that the work was to be carried out.
Around a mile of former steam pipes at the base are insulated with asbestos, according to the report, and all of this will have to be removed as part of the clean up. The area has now been developed, and has hotels and attractions as well as residents who are concerned about asbestos exposure.
It is thought that the clean up project will cost around one hundred and fifty thousand dollars in total. An official said that the removal of the asbestos will help to ensure the health and safety of local residents as well as visitors to the area
However, it is thought that many of the other original buildings in the area may also contain asbestos, and there are concerns of contamination at nearby Heritage Lake, which is said to have been used as a toxic dumping ground in the past.