Workers spotted without clean-up masks in North Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – It’s a community clean-up of a different kind. This one is to remove cancer-causing toxins from homes in north Birmingham. Emails started coming into CBS42, concerning the safety of the contractors who are removing the contaminated soil.

They weren’t wearing any protective masks. Clean up began in mid-February, so far, soil at five homes has been replaced. The soil being removed has high levels of things like arsenic and lead. Representatives with the EPA assure CBS42 the workers are following strict safety guidelines.

“The contaminants of concern or the contaminants that are out here in the yard, those are primarily long exposure risks and that is through actually breathing it in or you know maybe getting it on your hands and eating it or ingesting it.” -Greg Harper, EPA On-Scene Coordinator

Harper says they are continuously monitoring and sampling the air around the superfund site to make sure there are no exposure problems.

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