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Uniontown-area greenhouse property site of EPA cleanup

Shards of broken glass have fallen from what remained of the large greenhouse in the Uniontown area.

Home for decades to a wholesale floral business, remnants of two buildings that flanked it have been crumbling for years. Decades-old graffiti decorates the interior walls in one of the buildings, which have been gutted. 

The greater concern, however, is what could happen to neighbors who breathe the air around the 17-acre property that once served as the Delbert Smith Inc. family-run wholesale florist.

U.S. EPA crews, in the midst of a clean-up effort, have posted a mobile air monitoring station along Greenhouse Street and another elsewhere on the site, measuring dust levels.

"We don't want dust to get off-site, to get to the (nearby) residences," said Andrew Kocher, on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 5. 

A long time ago, someone demolished the greenhouse and spread (the material) over three acres," Kocher said. A lot of that material contained transite board - asbestos mixed with cement. 

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