The Republic reports that authorities have closed 30 acres of land on Horn Island, located in Mississippi, until further notice while asbestos contamination is removed. The asbestos was detected on tiles at a former biological testing site utilized by the U.S. Army.
Today, the park is a popular recreational destination that has been reserved for the protection of natural and historical resources.
Authorities at the Gulf Island National Seashore have reported that only one acre of the 2,700 acre island has been affected by the asbestos contamination, but 30 acres are being closed to keep visitors away from the location during the cleanup.
The process reportedly may take years to complete.
An inspection of Horn Island was conducted in June as a result of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Tiles contaminated with asbestos were found scattered across an acre on the island. In another area of the former military test site, sand was tested and came back positive for mustard gas.
The National Park service plans to contact the federal agency in charge of defense site cleanups to begin the cleanup procedures.
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