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Cleanup Begins at Abandoned Medical Building



Cleanup is under way at the abandoned Southern Medical Center facility in Cairo, Ill. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Superfund team, in consultation with Illinois EPA, will manage the $1.2 million project. Work is expected to continue into early July.


By CleanLink Editorial Staff  


Cleanup is under way at the abandoned Southern Medical Center facility in Cairo, Ill. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Superfund team, in consultation with Illinois EPA, will manage the $1.2 million project. Work is expected to continue into early July.

Southern Medical Center opened in 1958 as St. Mary's Hospital and has been closed since the mid-1980s.

Environmental hazards in the three buildings on the property include frayed asbestos-wrapped piping, floor surfaces containing asbestos, drums and small containers of unidentified flammable and hazardous chemicals, and medical equipment containing small amounts of mercury. At least two underground storage tanks also willbe removed.

EPA's Superfund program is initially paying for the cleanup. On a separate track, an investigation to identify potentially responsible parties who may be able to pay for some or all of the work is continuing.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/region5/


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