EPA to inspect Slinger factory with tons of chemicals after man hospitalized

CREATED Sep. 12, 2012

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SLINGER - The EPA was to send a team to an abandoned factory in Slinger on Wednesday after an inspector was hospitalized following the discovery of tons of toxic chemicals.

The team was scheduled to head into the Niphos Coasting building today to begin cleanup of 27,000 pounds of chemicals that were found on Tuesday.  

Village President Russ Brandt said that one inspector who went into the building was hospitalized after exposure to vapors.

"One of the individuals was hospitalized.  I don't know what protective gear they were wearing, or what they ran across.  None of our people have experienced any ill effects from being in the building," he told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Michelle Richards.

He said his biggest concern is that someone with ill intentions might target the building.

"The building is an old, wood-framed building.  It was originally the Schaefer Organ Factory, which goes back to the 1800's," Brandt told Richards.

Brandt says police are stationed at the building to make sure it's secure.  

He explained that he doesn't believe there's a threat to neighbors, but he's telling them to be ready.

"I told them they should be prepared to evacuate, in case there is a problem."