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Funding Problems Could Stall Oregon Cleanup

Asbestos abatement at a Klamath Falls subdivision may stall if the EPA cannot secure further funding. The EPA is still in the planning stages of the clean up which was initiated after asbestos was found in the debris of three demolished military barracks nearby.

The EPA hoped to fund their efforts by selling 19 properties in the North Ridge Estates subdivision that are currently in receivership. However the recent downturn in the housing market is forcing the agency to look for different sources of funding. Agency officials do not know the total cost of the project because they have not decided what method they will use to mitigate the asbestos.

Former military facilities have become increasingly popular testing areas for new asbestos removal techniques including the "wet removal" technique that was used on a Fort Worth apartment complex earlier this month.