EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have found a high level of asbestos in a testing site in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Department has since released a statement that said it will not comment on the report until an independent analysis is completed.
The company, EPa, tested the site on Oct. 11.
EPA has not yet responded to a request for comment.
The statement said that the state’s environmental review team has completed an independent review of the site, and “EPA and the PA Department of Health and Environmental Control (DEPHEC) will review this and any further issues with this facility.”
EPA said the state is currently investigating the source of the asbestos, which it says may be coming from the site of a nearby power plant.
“The source of this material was not identified at this time,” the statement said.
“It is the responsibility of the EPA to ensure that the public health of Pennsylvania is not impacted by the source or its effects on residents or the environment.”
EPA is conducting a statewide air quality analysis and plans to send out a letter to the public next week.
EPA’s statement said the department’s air quality review team is working to determine if the testing site was “the source of an air quality issue identified by the Pennsylvania DEPHEC, which was not detected by the EPA air monitoring system.”
The agency did not say if the test results would be shared with the public.