It has become necessary for officials from Ohio to check a site for possible asbestos contamination following a fire. The site is a former General Industries site, and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency are now sifting through the debris to determine whether there is any asbestos present.
The owner of the property John Peshek is said to have reported that there is no asbestos in the building but officials from the EPA have said that the testing will still need to be carried out as a precaution, as otherwise deadly asbestos could be released into the air.
One official from the EPA said â€œMr. Peshek has made several statements that the bricks were not contaminated, and site sampling will provide us with more information to refine estimates on cleaning up the property.â€
He also stated: â€œThe problem we are facing with Mr. Peshek is he wants to do the cleanup, but he doesnâ€™t have the financial assets to do the cleanup. So until he can find suitable finances, the U.S. EPA is moving forward with preparing to do the cleanup ourselves.â€