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Unified Command says reentry near for Mayflower residents

Posted: April 29, 2013 - 12:13pm
Homes on oil-touched properties are set for reentry in the "next few weeks," according to a Unified Command release. LOG CABIN FILE PHOTO
Homes on oil-touched properties are set for reentry in the "next few weeks," according to a Unified Command release. LOG CABIN FILE PHOTO

The Unified Command will be initiating a reentry plan for the evacuated residents in the Northwoods subdivision to safely return to their homes over the next few weeks, according to a media release distributed by the group.

“One month following the spill, we have made significant progress with our recovery efforts in the Northwoods neighborhood and are hopeful we can begin to get residents back into their homes very soon,” said Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson. “We regret that they have been displaced for so long, but we are doing our best to ensure the job is done right and done safely – something that we cannot sacrifice for the sake of expediency.”

Crews are replacing storm drains and curbs on North Starlite Road. The street is also being repaired, according to the Unified Command.

Once this is done, replacement of trees and landscaping can begin, the release states.

The reentry plan includes step-by-step activities that evacuated residents should complete inside their homes to prepare for air monitoring and sampling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ExxonMobil will conduct, according to the release distributed by the Mayflower Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center.

Final recommendations for reentry will be based on analysis of the results and coordinated by the Arkansas Department of Health.

“Specific sections of the recovery sites will soon transition to remediation and restoration after thorough inspections by EPA, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and Faulkner County Judge Dodson,” the release states.

According to the Unified Command, analysis of water samples shows no evidence oil has reached the main body of Lake Conway.

Independent parties and local experts have refuted the claim.

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Igor Rabinowitz
Igor Rabinowitz 04/29/13 - 12:24 pm

Instead of "Unified Command" can we not use something like "Mother Ground Guard?"

"They who fight the oily soil?" [Muck Boots lathered from the toil]

reader 04/29/13 - 07:53 pm

it sounds like a task force in the middle east or something getting ready to invade Mayflower and through Saddam out.

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