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EPA detects 'no contaminants of concern' in recent Richmond fire testing

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Posted at 4:49 PM, Apr 18, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-19 08:45:05-04

RICHMOND — The fire continues to smolder after the massive warehouse fire in Richmond that caused over 1500 residents to evacuate, but in the latest update, EPA says they did not detect any 'contaminants of concern' in the air.

This news comes on Tuesday, two days after the evacuation order was lifted.

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EPA says they have reduced the number of air monitors and air sampling equipment in the community but will continue 24-hour air monitoring.

On their website, EPA posted maps of air monitoring locations as well as a summary of results. EPA says they will post final, validated air sample results when available.

In addition to air monitoring, EPA also collected debris from the fire to test for contaminants.

Testing confirmed that some of the debris contained asbestos. EPA is offering to safely remove debris from residents yards.

To have EPA come to your home to pick up debris, fill out the access agreement in the documents section and email Rachel at linduska.rachel@epa.gov.