First, the good news…

I went rooting around the fire site this morning, looking for stray fire debris to add to my collection. What I found instead were:

1. FERMA employees watering everything in sight to keep toxic fibers and dust from getting airborne.
2. The asbestos tape now extends beyond the burn site and into the field just outside the burn site where kids have been seen playing in the past.
3. FERMA employees combing through that field and picking up the debris.
4. A little blue box hanging from the fence around the perimeter of the site. It’s an air monitor. A FERMA employee told me the entire site is full of these devices, and they’ve been coming up clear since they were installed. The workers wear them as they work.

Air monitoring - FISC sit

Air monitoring - FISC sit

It seemed like quite a professional operation. I feel relieved that the pros are handling this and seem quite up to the task.

Bigger perimeter around FISC fire

Bigger perimeter around FISC fire

Now for the rest of the news
I walked over to the superstructures for the Webster and Posey tubes. Unfortunately, still plenty of fire debris there, even a month later. As I walked alongside the Webster tube there was more debris the closer I got to the daycare center, on both sides and for several football fields worth of space.

FISC fire debris - 6" piece

FISC fire debris - 6\


Daycare center surrounded by fire debris

Daycare center surrounded by fire debris

Inside the perimeter, FERMA employees with gloves on, bagging and tagging the debris. Outside the perimeter, plenty of debris, some of it near a day care center.

So, as great as the expanded FERMA perimeter is, there is still quite a bit of city-owned land that needs to be cleaned up. I can’t help but wonder: Is there anyone besides Denise and I who care about this?

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2 Responses to “First, the good news…”

  1. observer Says:

    Do you know how people can get tested? Do you know of any test results from people? Thank you for keeping us informed.

  2. zizzlah Says:

    HI Observer – If you mean tested for asbestos exposure, your best bet is to get a chest xray. Asbestos irritates the lining of the lungs and that shows up on xrays. Problem is, it takes anywhere from 15-40 years after exposure for this to happen. Taking a baseline xray now will let you know where you stand. It’s not predictive though.

    In terms of the chemicals in the air, I’m still trying to sort this out. Many of the chemicals on the FISC site are fuel-related (benzene, MEK, MBTE, 1,3 butadiene were the most prevalent). I believe a blood test can determine exposure, but I’m still checking this out. I’ll post when I find out more.

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