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.