EPA continues cleanup at Knoxville College

EPA continues cleanup at Knoxville College

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By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Environmental Protection Agency continued knocking on doors in Mechanicsville Wednesday, handing out fact sheets on the cleanup effort at Knoxville College.

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"I hope they get it cleaned up for the school's sake, because it will help the school focus on other matters," Mechanicsville resident Jonathan Domina said.

Domina lives right across the street from the school with his mother Rebecca.

Wednesday afternoon, the EPA workers visited Domina and handed him a fact sheet.

Domina said he was not all that shocked that hazardous materials were found in the A.K. Stewart Science building because the campus as a whole is in bad shape and has been for years.

“I've seen the windows and stuff busted and I've seen flammable stuff hanging out," Domina said.

The EPA said the chemicals found in the building are common in college laboratories, with substances including sulfuric acid and flammable liquids like acetone.

Web extra: Knoxville College EPA Fact Sheet [PDF]

6 News spoke with the EPA on-scene coordinator Kevin Eichinger to find out what dangers the hazardous waste can pose for the community.

“We have multiple air monitors inside the building and outside the building,” Eichinger said. “Since we're here and addressing the situation, we've really removed the risk of any type of health impact."

Eichinger said the building is secured so that no one can tamper with the chemicals or cause a fire.

Neighbors like Rebecca Domina said she’s hoping for more security for the entire campus to ensure vandals don’t get their hands on anything that can potentially be contaminated.

“They really need security up there at night and they need it on weekends because there's a lot of stuff that goes on up there that they don't need on that campus,” Rebecca Domina said.

The EPA said it expects the cleanup to last three to five weeks.

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