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Methane gas fears prompt Yomitan Village to step in

Date Posted: 2010-05-21

Methane gas spewing from a now-closed industrial waste processing facility site in Yomitan Village has local officials worried about a potential fire or explosion.

A developer has already-approved plans to build on property near the waste processing facility, which officials say spewed out methane gas concentrations of 80,000ppm during the 2007-2009 time frame. Experts say levels of more than 50,000ppm create conditions for explosions. They’ve tested the area and say the methane gas levels are still beyond acceptable.

The industrial waste processing facility operated by a civilian contractor was ordered to close because of complaints about foul odors coming from the site. Yomitan Village granted permits for a construction company to develop a path through one part of the site, with work set to begin soon. That’s been stopped while Yomitan Village investigates.

Yomitan Village has asked the landowner to investigate the methane gas issue, and he’s agreed. The waste processing facility itself is closed and empty.

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