Tustin Comply with-Up Examine Finds No Asbestos or Lead Contamination Attributable to Hangar Fireplace

A follow-up examine of properties close to the Tustin hangar fireplace discovered no lead or asbestos contamination in folks’s yards and inside areas that may very well be attributed to the blaze that broke out in November and destroyed a historic World Conflict II blimp hangar, based on metropolis officers.

The city-commissioned examine examined a sampling of fifty properties close to the hangar for asbestos and lead in residences’ soil, mud and air. One other 30 properties comparable in building and age in Santa Ana and Irvine – outdoors of the fireplace’s impression space – have been examined as a management group.

The hearth affected greater than 1,500 properties within the surrounding space and crews spent weeks clearing particles from streets, parks and residences.

No asbestos fibers have been detected above screening ranges in any of the properties, based on just lately mentioned outcomes of the follow-up examine.

One residence in Tustin examined above screening ranges for lead in an indoor mud pattern. Brian Hitchens, a hydrogeologist with Geosyntec consultants, which accomplished the examine, advised the Metropolis Council throughout an outline of the outcomes that there was no proof the lead within the mud pattern got here from the fireplace and that it was an older residence.

Three properties in Santa Ana additionally examined at above-screening ranges for lead in a mud pattern. The owners have been notified of the outcomes.

Lead was utilized in gasoline for automobiles in California till 1992, Hitchens stated. Additionally, properties constructed earlier than 1978 seemingly used lead-based paint, based on the Environmental Safety Company, and lead continues to be in use right now in aviation gasoline, he stated in his presentation to the council.

The EPA, California Division of Poisonous Substances Management, the OC Well being Care Company and different authorities organizations permitted the examine’s methodology and are reviewing its outcomes, officers stated.

The complete report shall be launched publicly as soon as it’s finalized, which Hitchens stated may very well be inside a month.

Well being officers have stated the hangar fireplace put the group at minimal threat of publicity to dangerous contaminants, however residents pleaded for extra testing, which led to town paying for the examine. Some residents paid out of pocket to have their properties examined within the weeks after the fireplace.

Town has spent $87 million on response to the hangar fireplace, with 59% of that value coming from clearing particles. The Navy has to date pledged to repay town $61 million for prices related to the fireplace.

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