Fort Chaffee Asbestos Removal Project to Begin April 24

April 16, 2006 - Posted at 12:00 p.m. CST

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) _ Demolition crews at Fort Chaffee are to

test an experimental method of removing asbestos with a project

that begins this month at the former Army post near Fort Smith.

Beginning April 24th, crews will use a conventional method to

remove asbestos from a World War Two-era building at an abandoned

hospital complex. Workers will remove asbestos from a second

building in the complex using the experimental method.

The buildings will be demolished in the process.

The complex is on more than seven-thousand acres the Department

of Defense classified as excess property and gave to the city of

Fort Smith in 1995.

David Eppler, a federal Environmental Protection Agency

enforcement officer working on the project, said the agency

intentionally picked a site that wasn't near neighborhoods or

schools to conduct the demolition.

In the conventional method, pipes and other material containing

asbestos are sealed in plastic and a pressure machine used to

prevent fibers from escaping.

The experimental method involves water containing a substance

similar to dishwashing soap. The water is continuously sprayed on

the building during demolition to keep asbestos fibers from being

released into the air.

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