Noonan Gas Station Cleanup Begins - KMOT.COM - Minot, ND - News, Weather, Sports

Noonan Gas Station Cleanup Begins

Posted: Updated:
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.

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • TOOLBOX

  • Special Feature HomeSpecial FeaturesMore>>

  • Presidential Visit

    Presidential Visit

    Ongoing coverage of President Obama's visit to North Dakota.
    Ongoing coverage of President Obama's visit to North Dakota.
  • Ask An Attorney

    Ask An Attorney

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
  • Mobile Apps

    Mobile Apps

    We have the best Mobile Apps.  Learn how you can download yours today.
  • Me-TV North Dakota

    Me-TV North Dakota

    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.  Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday.  As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.
  • On the Farm

    On the Farm

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KMOT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.