MANATEE -- A portion of an abandoned beryllium plant at Tallevast is set for demolition at the expense of the owner, a county official said Tuesday.
About 80 percent of the abandoned American Beryllium plant on Tallevast Road, which has become structurally unsafe, is set for demolition as soon as a permit is issued, said John Barnott, the director of the Manatee County Building and Development Services Department.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is supervising the site of the former plant, which has been contaminated by toxic chemicals, Barnott told the Manatee County Commission Tuesday.
He said a final site assessment is due in June.
Barnott estimated about 80 percent of the structure would be demolished at the expense of the owner, which he identified after the meeting as Whogas Inc., of Hickory, N.C.
Asked when the demolition might take place, Barnott replied that it would occur as soon as the forms are processed, maybe as soon as within a day or two.
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