The Environmental Protection Agency released an update Friday evening regarding the fires that occurred two weeks ago at the old Lincoln Chemical Factory. EPA, its contractor, and local and state partners continue to investigate the incident.
According to the EPA, preliminary findings revealed containers of hazardous chemicals stored throughout the building. Since the initial demolition, more of the building has been torn down to ensure the structural integrity of what remains as well as the safety of on-site workers and residents.
Air monitoring for dust and volatile compounds is on-going; results so far have been consistent with expected background levels. Additional air sampling results will be provided to the community once available.
Cleanup activities will be limited during the week of Thanksgiving (November 19-November 25) however the fence and security personnel will remain present. Work will resume the following week to continue the characterization and eventual disposal of the hazardous chemicals in the building.
The existing road blockade will remain in effect but will be reduced to the area immediately adjacent to the building allowing residents to more easily travel around the area. The section of 9th Street between Laurel and East Laurel Streets will remain closed to traffic for the duration of the cleanup.
EPA officials say they remain committed to addressing this issue and concerns of the community. If residents have questions, they can contact the local Citizen Service Center [1-877-727-3234] or CSC@ReadingPA.gov. Residents may also contact Renata Thakurdyal, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator [215-814-2745] or email@example.com.