The clean up of a site in Indiana is almost complete according to recent reports. The Indiana site contained a range of hazardous materials, including asbestos, which can cause a variety of serious health problems to those exposed to it such as scarring of the lungs, respiratory problems, and even the asbestos cancer called mesothelioma.
The clean up has been carried out at the former site of Continental Steel. The cleanup was planned as a joint effort in 1990 by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the United States Environmental Protection Agency planned a joint cleanup effort. It is thought that the clean up could be complete by 2011, and the area will be used as a park.
An official from the EPA said that the cleanup was a success due to stimulus funding to the tune of six million dollars. She said: “Over a period of many years we’ve been getting incremental funding to do the work. Now with the stimulus money we’re able to come in and get all the rest of it done quickly.”
A project manager involved with the project said: “We’re actually very excited that we received this stimulus money. Because it would allow us to complete more of the work and put more land into productive reuse in the community.”