State program could help clean-up dry cleaning chemicals at library



Iredell County qualifies for a state program to help deal with old dry cleaning chemicals that have permeated the library in Statesville.

That’s the latest concerning the situation which has closed the lower level of the building. Interim County Manager Beth Jones tells WSIC in an email that the state was present at a public meeting Tuesday night to detail the program and explain the next steps.

Testing continues as the county tries to determine when levels of the chemicals would become a problem. Available standards cover either residential or commercial, but the county feels it is somewhere in between since children use the facility — just not 24 hours a day.

A former employee said last night that she is a breast cancer survivor. The state promised to work with her to answer questions about her situation.

The lower level of the library remains closed for now.

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