EPA to Fly Drone Over Asbestos Site in Pennsylvania

Using a camera-mounted drone, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will conduct a routine inspection of the 25-acre Ambler Asbestos Piles Superfund Site, located on South Chestnut St. in Ambler, Pa.

The EPA says this is the first time it is using drone technology to inspect areas of the piles that are difficult to access on foot. The agency says it will use the images to determine if the remedy at the site continues to be protective of human health and the environment.

The drone will be limited to flying over the Superfund Site only and will not fly over or photograph private property, the EPA notes.

The inspection will be conducted on Monday, Dec. 7, and the drone will take photos between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The camera is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District.

The EPA has made clear the description of the drone it will be using, a DJI Phantom model.

The agency says it will conduct outreach to nearby residents on Tuesday, Dec. 1, to help answer any questions or concerns.

Photo courtesy of the EPA


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