Soil mitigation at former Hanna City Air Force Base/Work Camp

By Audrey Williams

May 20, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM CDT

HANNA CITY, Ill --  The Army Corps of Engineers is looking to do some soil clean up at the site of the former Hanna City Work Camp and Air Force Base.

Monday night, a public hearing was held to discuss a plan to remove contaminated soil.  Mitigation work could begin in August and be done by January 2014.

At that time, the Department of Defense would have no further interests in the site that is currently owned by Peoria County and the Village of Hanna City.

"The remedy is going to clean up certain areas of the site, approximately 300 cubic yards to a standard that's going to be protective to human health and the environment, whether it be residential or industrial/commercial," said Dr. David Brancato with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Under contract terms the County can only use the 42 acre site for public use.

"The goal is to have a business plan around a local food hub initiative finalized and ready for presentation to the County Board by January of 2014," said Mary Ardapple, a Peoria County board member.

Public comment on the proposed plan continues until June 1st. 

For more information on this issue from the Army Corps of Engineers visit http://bit.ly/HannaCityAFS.

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