Residents Turn Toxic Site Into Zonolite Park

The park was once an asbestos-poisoned wetland.

An area that was once an asbestos-poisoned wetland is now a new park in the Emory University area just south of North Druid Hills thanks to local volunteers, incuding the South Fork Conservancy.

Local reporter Ben Smith penned a great story published Monday on the Saporta Report detailing the project.

From the story:

Zonolite Park is 12 acres near Briarcliff and Clifton Roads, where the South Fork of Peachtree Creek parallels railroad tracks. For two decades beginning in 1950, freight trains stopped at the W.R. Grace Co. plant and dumped as much as 1,225 tons of raw material for attic insulation marketed as Zonolite. Grace was an important business in DeKalb County, and the street where the plant was located was named Zonolite Road.

But Zonolite’s raw material carried natural asbestos fibers, and the Montana mine where it was dug ended up the target of a massive EPA investigation.

Check out the full story for more details.

Also, the conservancy has plans to do a great deal of work in the North Druid Hills area. See their website for more information.

Appalachian-American April 02, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Will you environmental freaks take a break.... give American businesses a chance to recover from your EPA regulations???? W R Grace is one of the finest companies in America!
Cheryl Huvard June 12, 2013 at 05:44 PM
All the fine American corporations you are defending recovered so much that they are swimming in cash instead of investing it in jobs in America. In addition, they don't pay sufficient taxes; they use off-shore dodges and let the tax burden of keeping the country running fall on the shoulders of the average taxpayer. The EPA regulations are still so lax that they offer very little in the way of protection for the air we breathe, the water we drink (or will drink if the groundwater doesn't get ruined by fracking), or the foods we eat (which are contaminated by poisons and altered to the point that they lack essential nutrients). Do some research and you will be horrified about what the finest companies in America have been doing to us for years without qualms or conscience.


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