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Navy awards $6-million contract for cleanup of Tustin hangar

Navy officers introduced this week {that a} $6-million contract has been awarded to an environmental cleanup agency to take away the particles that had been launched when an historic 17-story hangar within the metropolis of Tustin caught fireplace.

There is no such thing as a begin date but for the work awarded to ECC Environmental LCC.

The fireplace at one in every of two blimp hangars inbuilt 1942 began Nov. 7 and burned for 24 days. The south hangar was not broken. The 2 constructions had been a part of a Marine Corps. air station that closed in 1997. The reason for the fireplace stays beneath investigation, in accordance with metropolis officals.

The Navy has agreed to pay Tustin $11 million towards the cleansing and repairs from the injury induced when fumes and particles from the fireplace drifted by way of the town. Tustin officers reported that the price related to the restoration could exceed $100 million. As the fireplace burned, residents feared that ash and particles from the World Conflict II-era hangar contained asbestos.

Orange County’s high public well being officer stated Dec. 15 that there “is not any concern relating to airborne asbestos” from the fireplace.

Residents have been instructed to report particles through a web site the place they will discover common updates on the hangar cleanup efforts.

In response to a Dec. 20 metropolis replace, “licensed asbestos consultants and asbestos mitigation groups” had accomplished 12 residential inspections and mitigations and 12 inspections. A complete of 1,144 experiences of particles have been filed with the town, with 1,143 inspected and 975 “mitigated and cleared,” in accordance with the report.

Metropolis officers and the Navy stated they’re bringing down the remaining items of the hangar in a joint effort to keep away from hazardous supplies from additional contaminating the town.

The deconstruction technique of the hangar started Dec. 5, in accordance with metropolis officers.

Licensed asbestos consultants and mitigation groups accomplished inspections of all public proper of the way in Tustin as of Dec. 11. All public parks are open, in accordance with a metropolis report.

Town reported that every one 29 Tustin Unified Faculty District faculties have been inspected for hazardous particles, together with asbestos, and are open. Legacy Magnet Academy, one of many faculties closest to the hangars, was the final to reopen, on Wednesday.

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