Nixon: Joplin Debris Removal to Start Wednesday

7 years 3 weeks 1 day ago Tuesday, May 31 2011 May 31, 2011 Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:21:00 PM CDT May 31, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) - Cleanup efforts in Joplin will move ahead Wednesday, when Gov. Jay Nixon said crews will begin hauling away debris left by a massive tornado that leveled a third of the city and killed more than 100 people in the southwest Missouri.

Government officials say the rubble will be taken to three landfills -- two in Kansas and one in Lamar, Mo.

Environmental officials have said the debris must be handled carefully because it could contain asbestos used in the construction of older buildings and other hazardous waste.

The tornado damaged or destroyed more than 8,000 buildings.

Nixon said the federal government will cover 90 percent of the cost of the debris removal. He said the Missouri National Guard will lead the cleanup effort.

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