Board approves $330,000 to fund asbestos removal

January 07, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

The Anne Arundel County Planning Advisory Board approved a transfer of $330,000 yesterday to pay for asbestos removal and the demolition of abandoned warehouses on county-owned property on Ordnance Road in Glen Burnie.

County officials will demolish nine dilapidated warehouses on property that was once part of an Army munitions depot so the federal government can proceed with the removal of radioactive soil.

The 85-acre tract was the site favored by County Executive Robert R. Neall for a new detention center, but that plan was dropped after the radiation was discovered. When asked by the panel whether the land, after it has been cleaned, could be considered again for a jail site, county officials replied that that was a decision for the next administration.

The federal Defense Logistics Agency is working toward final approval of its plan to remove the soil, which was contaminated by radioactive thorium nitrate stored at the site during its days as an arms depot. But the exterior building walls are covered with 4-by-8-foot asbestos panels that must be removed before the DLA removes the soil, said Michael Leahy, the county's land-use coordinator.

The $330,000 will be transferred from funds left over from the construction of the Lake Shore Athletic Complex in Pasadena.

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