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Monolyte Labs cleanup, residents still worried

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SLAUGHTER - Crews began dismantling the building that once stood as Monolyte Labs, Inc. Construction equipment is working to expose the interior of the building, to give investigators a better look inside.

Monlyte Labs, Inc. and Slaughter officials held a town meeting last night to update the public and answer questions concerning the wellbeing of residents in the area.

"I'd like to know, truly, what was inside, and what set it on fire and what made it blow up," said Delores Hopkins. "That building's been there for years, so there's no telling what they'll find in that soil."

The fire happened last Monday around 1:30 a.m. Residents living in the area were rattled by a series of loud explosions. About 150 people were evacuated.

"We are focused on securing the facility, executing and completing our emergency site plan that was developed to address critical safety, environmental and community needs," said Monolyte Labs President Jim Kane. "We've made considerable progress in our clean up and extraction efforts. Our objective is to have the cleanup effort substantially completed by the end of next week, however will be fully engaged until the effort is complete."

Environmental officials continue to test water and ground samples. Despite the reassurance, residents continue to worry.

"They keep telling us that it's non-toxic, but yet, they won't let anyone down there," said Delena Winans.

A road leading to the subdivision behind the Labs remains blocked off until all heavy machinery is removed from the area.

The next town hall meeting will be December 11 at 6:30 p.m.



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