LLCC Community Garden at Zonolite Park

Sally Sears
Sally Sears, South Fork Conservancy
By Sally Sears, South Fork Conservancy
Federal inspectors combed the land at DeKalb’s Zonolite Park, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, where LLCC hopes to build a community garden. The lead investigator, Leonardo Ceron, told me they are looking for asbestos clinging to the dirt in the flood plain – particles which, if airborne, could cause significant health problems.
The land on the South Fork of Peachtree Creek was an industrial site for decades. Extensive testing in the years of county ownership since 1988 led to asbestos removal in equipment and buildings there. Now Environmental Protection Agency scientists are looking for contamination lingering in the dirt. Test results from 40 sites along the creek and behind the railroad spur are expected by the end of June. If enough hazardous asbestos is found, Mr. Ceron said federal Superfund dollars could be used to clean the site. That could allow the garden project to move forward.
Community Garden supporters are encouraged that the testing could resolve final questions about the safety of the dirt at Zonolite Park. More information on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/verm.html