Harvey, Hanna & Associates announced actions to address the concerns voiced at a Tuesday community meeting regarding demolition work at the former GM property on Boxwood Road in Wilmington.
Harvey, Hanna has hired a contractor to do demolition work at the site. The Newport development company plans to convert the site into a logistics-distribution complex. Efforts to bring manufacturing to the site were unsuccessful.
“While regulatory bodies have found no violations regarding asbestos handling and removal at the property, and previous independent testing has revealed no related safety or health hazards at the site or the surrounding areas, we are taking the following steps to assure the community that the area is safe and all regulations are being adhered to,” the company announced.
The company also passed along asbestos sampling reports from a local consulting and engineering firm.
“Beginning this week, we will conduct daily tests on the fence line around the property to monitor air quality. In addition, we will hire an independent third-party environmental firm that will review work at the property to ensure all proper protocols are being followed,” Harvey Hanna stated.
“The results of previous fence line testing at the property, conducted on April 6 and April 10. We will make the results of the new tests beginning this week available to the public as soon as they are completed,” Harvey Hanna added.
The controversy stems, at least in part from a labor dispute at the site, Delaware Online reported.
The president of the DelawareAFL-CIO has claimed that evidence points to problems with the contractor handling asbestos and endangering the neighborhood around the plant. He also claimed intimidation.
Brought to the site were the giant rats that typically show up during picketing over the use of nonunion labor at construction projects.
Picketing has been somewhat rare in the past couple of years, due in part to the construction industry’s biggest problembeing a shortage of workers. Union workers have typically found work at projects around the region.
The community meeting was held at a local union hall.