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EPA Provides New Update on Lincoln Chemical Building Fires.

Reading, PA: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the following update regarding the Lincoln Chemical Building fires:

There has been significant progress at this site since the last update sent on November 17, 2023. Chemical containers continue to be tested in the mobile laboratory to identify contents before being moved to temporary storage. This cataloging effort is approximately 75% complete. Air monitoring is on-going, and results are consistent with expected background levels. Structural integrity inspections occur daily before on-site work begins.

EPA remains committed to addressing this issue and concerns of the community. If residents have questions, they can contact the local Citizen Service Center [1-877-727-3234] or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Residents may also contact Renata Thakurdyal, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator [215-814-2745] or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..