Metro-East News

Pillsbury site in Springfield still has asbestos after 9-month, $1.8M cleanup

A judge in Springfield is maintaining an injunction that blocks the owners from an 18-acre site from resuming work there. The city and state are working to secure the site, according to the city’s fire marshal.

The area, the former Pillsbury Mills plant in the city’s north side, has had bulk asbestos and asbestos-contaminated material removed by crews from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Springfield Journal-Register reports.

An undetermined amount of asbestos remains after the cleanup of 9 months and $1.8 million. The remaining asbestos is not considered an airborne threat.

A partner in P. Mills LLC, Joseph Chernis IV, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 11; he plead guilty to improper asbestos cleanup at the Pillsbury site and to making false statements.