EPA says Lubbock hazardous waste site one of region's worst - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

EPA says Lubbock hazardous waste site one of region's worst

Friday, the EPA began shredding the empty drums to make room for the more than 40,000 they still have to go through. Friday, the EPA began shredding the empty drums to make room for the more than 40,000 they still have to go through.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
A former local business property is being called one of the worst hazardous wastes sites the Environmental Protection Agency has seen.
 
"This site at Scrub-A-Dubb is definitely in the top 5 worst situations we have right now in this region," EPA On site coordinator, Greg Fife said.

The federal agency came to Lubbock two weeks ago to begin clean-up efforts at the former Scrub-A-Dubb Barrel Company on the city's north side. On Friday, the EPA began shredding the empty drums to make room for the more than 40,000 they still have to go through.

The EPA says the toxic waste at the former business is a great concern to public health and to the environment.

"Out of the 60,000 [barrels] we have on site, we think there are between 2,000 and 4,000 that have significant hazardous waste in them," Fife said.
 
Fife expects they will have to dispose of 2 acres worth of contaminated soil. "There's a lot out there, including acid, that could easily burn the skin," Fife explained.

Scrub-A-Dubb would buy the barrels from other companies to clean and re-sell. Fife says they were only supposed to purchase empty containers. However many of them are full or not completely empty. "If we can trace back who or which companies the full barrels came from, they could be held responsible for this," Fife continued.

Two dozen barrels have already tested positive for toxic material. "Some of this dirt is horribly contaminated. It's worse than anything I've seen on most of the sites I've been on. There's no way to really tell what's underneath until we get rid of them," Fife said.
 
The EPA says some the drums are also on land that does not belong to the Scrubb-A-Dubb company.

Watch KCBD NewsChannel 11 tonight at 5, 6, and 10 for the very latest on this developing story.
Copyright 2011 KCBD NewsChannel 11.
  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Police: Attacks in Spain are linked, took long time to plan

    Police: Attacks in Spain are linked, took long time to plan

    Friday, August 18 2017 2:30 AM EDT2017-08-18 06:30:03 GMT
    Friday, August 18 2017 2:21 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:21:24 GMT

    Spanish police kill five suspects connected to the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people, as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe's latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group.

    Spanish police kill five suspects connected to the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people, as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe's latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group.

  • Finnish police shoot man who stabs 8 people in Turku; 2 dead

    Finnish police shoot man who stabs 8 people in Turku; 2 dead

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:19 AM EDT2017-08-18 14:19:34 GMT
    Friday, August 18 2017 2:21 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:21:09 GMT

    Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku.

    Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku.

  • Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses

    Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses

    Friday, August 18 2017 4:30 AM EDT2017-08-18 08:30:21 GMT
    Friday, August 18 2017 2:20 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:20:11 GMT

    Colleges are bracing for more violence on campus after a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia became the latest example of hatred migrating from the internet to the streets.

    Colleges are bracing for more violence on campus after a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia became the latest example of hatred migrating from the internet to the streets.

Powered by Frankly