Dayton, Ohio - The city of Dayton, Ohio is the recipient of a state grant (funded by taxpayer dollars) in the amount of $280,000. City officials say that they plan to use the funding they received from the Clean Ohio fund to conduct environmental surveys at a contaminated industrial property. The site being scrutinized is property that was once the base of operations for Concord Foods site.
State Representative Clayton Luckie (D-Dayton) believes that there may be serious contamination at the site from toxic chemicals, the breakdown of petroleum products and material from transformers.
"We are working on redeveloping the site for commercial or industrial use," said Keith Klein, the man who works as the lead development specialist for the city of Dayton. "We have no (suitors) for the property yet."
According to the Dayton Daily News, another concern for Rep. Luckie is the possible presence of asbestos, a substance known to cause several types of lung cancer. Asbestos exposure is conclusively linked to the development of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. Mesothelioma affects less than 3,000 Americans each year. The disease typically lies dormant for up to fifty years before an individual begins to suffer from mesothelioma symptoms, and the majority of patients lose their battle with this cancer in less than two years following diagnosis.
"It's a great benefit to the city in terms of trying to redevelop a vacant property," Klein said. "If there is something found (in the soil) there might be additional (grant) money available if we need to clean it up."