Slinger residents frustrated by slow clean up of chemicals from abandoned factory

CREATED Oct. 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 5, 2012

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SLINGER- It could take another month before hundreds of gallons of toxic chemicals will be removed from an abandoned factory in Slinger.

Cyanide, acids and other toxic substances continue to be removed from the now shuttered factory.

Pat Fogl is ready to have this EPA clean up site wrapped up and gone for good.

"They were supposed to be out September 28 with all the chemicals," says Fogl, who lives feet away from the factory.

It used to be a metal-plating business, but went bankrupt and closed up shop two years ago.

The EPA says more than 8,000 gallons of chemicals like cyanide and acids have been stored there ever since.

"We were reassured by the individuals over there that there was nothing that was going to hurt the soil or contaminate the water," says Fogl.

The EPA coordinator on the site says this is no easy process.  He says each container has to be tested before anything is removed.

"The disposal process is the longest process for us because we have to go through and we have to identify all the materials that are on site," says EPA coordinator Jaime Brown.

The red tape means the clean up may not be finished until November.