North Bham residents, city officials head to Atlanta on fact-finding mission

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Birmingham City Councilor William Parker and other city officials will tour Atlanta’s East Lake area Thursday as part of a fact-finding-mission to learn the best practices for community revitalization following the takeover by the Environmental Protection Agency and designation of parts of North Birmingham as a Superfund Site for contamination clean-up.

Officials hope to give residents the tools they need to improve the North Birmingham area after clean-up of contaminated soil at homes is complete.

The group will also meet with EPA officials and representatives from Georgia Tech to talk about the Health Impact Assessment process.

CBS42’s Tiffany Westry is on the road with the group.

According to Rick Jardine, one of the EPA On-Site Coordinators for the North Birmingham Superfund Site,  April 23, 2014 contaminated soil has been removed and replaced at 10 homes since clean-up began in February.

Between 1500 and 1600 cubic yards of contaminated soil has been removed since they began.

Jardine says they expect to complete the first phase of the clean-up, which only includes 50 homes with the highest levels of contamination, by late fall.

He also says, because some of the homes are so close together, they’ve added additional properties to the first phase of clean-up. Soil at the homes was tested and if they  met the basic criteria, more testing was done to determine how deep the contamination went in order to replace the soil.

More homes could be added as clean-up continues.

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