EPA begins cleanup in North Birmingham communities


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Cleanup began Wednesday in the Collegeville neighborhood of North Birmingham.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now extracting contaminated soil from the area.

The first lot to see digging was at Shady Grove Baptist Church, which is one of 50 lots that are deemed a priority by the EPA.

Over the next six to eight months, between six inches and two feet of dirt will be removed from lots in Collegeville, Fairmont and Harriman Park.

“What we’ll do is we’ll go to a property, we’ll kind of prepare that property for the removal action, then we’ll bring the next team in to actually dig the dirt,” said EPA’s On-Site Coordinator Greg Harper. “Then we’ll have a crew or a team come back in and put in that clean soil, re-grade the property and re-vegetate it in some way or another.”

The EPA is stationed at the old Carver High School, where piles of contaminated dirt will be exchanged for fresh, clean soil.

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