Tri-State Plant Food Set for Demolition

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

DOTHAN, AL--Just as fast as crews knock it down, the debris is hauled away.

After years of being vacant, environmental concerns have lead to its destruction.

"They've made the decision that the best thing they can do is basically tear down the old facility and actually remove some of the dirt and soils that are contaminated," said Dothan City Manager Mike West.

"There's some sulfuric acid in tanks out there and of course the ADEM has some ground water monitors out there for ground water pollution," said Dothan City Planning Commission Director Todd McDonald.

West says contamination from the site has always been a concern for residents in the area.

"I think over the years residents have been concerned with the operation of the plant and some of the dust that is generated by that type of generation."

And not to mention the eyesore that's left since closing.

"I think this is going to be something that's well received by the neighborhood," added West.

Officials with the Dothan Fire Department say they did a walk through before destruction began, to ensure safety for the demolition crew.

"They've got to understand what's on site because there's some chemicals out there they have to be careful how they approach it," explained McDonald.

And because of that hazard, city officials don't think the land will be redeveloped any time soon.

The plant closed in 2009. It dates back to 1897.

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