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Noonan Gas Station Cleanup Begins

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An abandoned gas station in Noonan has received a lot of attention over the past two months because it contains radioactive material. The material was dumped illegally. Today, was the start of the cleanup.

The cleanup of the abandoned gas station in Noonan happened earlier today with Secure Energy Services putting up caution tape around the perimeter first.

“The wind does have some effect we're putting some engineer controls in place to make sure that none of the radioactive materials escape us or get away.” says Robert Krumberger the manager of Technical Services for Secure's U.S. Division. “We are also doing air monitoring in the support zones.”

Krumberger says his team started off by doing a background radiation survey to determine the radiation levels. Then, they removed the socks from the building and placed them in specialized containers. The filter socks then were going to be transported to a licensed and permitted disposal facility.

“Secure officials are saying the clean up will likely take a day, but locals have some ideas on what they would like to do with the building.”

“My opinion, I think they need to demo the building,” says Federico Leguizamon. “If they cannot find the owner I think the town needs to or even the county do something about it.”

“Sell the land to someone and have something nicer put up there,” says Marsha Leguizamon. “It would be nice to have some nicer looking stores right as you come into town.”

The owners of Uno Mas in Noonan Federico and Marsha Lequizamon have lived in town for four years, and were surprised by the building's upkeep.

“The concern is making sure once all the radioactive filter socks are out of there, is that the residual contamination that's there doesn't exceed EPA limits” Jody Gunlock said.

The emergency manager and 911 Coordinator for Divide County Jody Gunlock has been involved with this project since the beginning. He agrees with what the locals are saying that the building should be demolished.

Gunlock added the decision hasn't been made on what to do with the building after the final radiation test is done.

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