Report: Asbestos levels safe in Cedar Rapids - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Report: Asbestos levels safe in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- As firefighters and demolition crews work to battle the fire at the old Sinclair Meat Packing Plant, new reports show the levels of asbestos in the air as a result of the fire are safe.

Air quality testing done by Family Environmental, Inc. of Cedar Rapids on December 16, 2009 shows that "concentrations of asbestos fibers are well below the clearance levels".

The tests were done outside the Cherry Building at 329 10th Avenue SE, which is about a half mile from the fire, and were done when the wind was blowing smoke directly at the Cherry Building.

Contrary to earlier reports from the city, asbestos was found inside the buildings.

Howard R. Green Company of Cedar Rapids took six material samples from the property on November 27, 2009.

Those samples were tested by EMSL Analytical of Indianapolis, Indiana and asbestos was found in a building that was not involved in the fire.  

Then, on December 15, 2009, D.W. Zinser Company took samples from the buildings involved in the fire.

Those samples were tested by the University of Iowa Hygienic Lab and asbestos was found in one sample according to a report released Monday night.

The asbestos, suspected to be in pipe wrap, was taken from the site on December 18, 2009. 

D.W. Zinser was hired by the city to help tear down the structures to give firefighters easier access to the fire, and the Zinser Company is certified in asbestos abatement. 

Cedar Rapids Fire Chief Steve Havlik says that the millions of gallons of water sprayed on the building not only helps put out the fire, but it also helps to keep asbestos from going into the air.

Online Content Manager: Eric Page

Powered by Frankly