Asbestos Cleanup at Big Tex site in San Antonio, Texas
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A project to remove asbestos-contaminated soil from the Big Tex site in the industrial section of San Antonio Texas was scheduled to begin in November 2008. According to a 2005 report in the San Antonio Express-News, area residents have been asking for testing and cleanup at the site, which formerly housed a W.R. Grace & Co., plant for some time.
The plant shipped millions of tons of asbestos-contaminated ore from its mine in Libby, Montana to 200 locations throughout the United States. Between 1961 and 1989, the San Antonio plant processed more than 100,000 tons of the ore contaminated with tremolite asbestos.
The EPA will remove at least 1,100 cubic yards of contaminated soil on the 7.5-acre site, and the soil will be buried at a landfill. Crews also will decontaminate two buildings on the site that tested positive for asbestos.
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