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Discovery of asbestos shuts down plant demolition

WEST POINT — Demolition work at the old Sara Lee plant in West Point has stopped after crews discovered asbestos.

WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is going to take a look at the plant and run a series of tests before work can resume on removing the old buildings.

The city of West Point is using a Brownfield grant to further analyze the site for other contaminants.

Kohart Salvage and Surplus of Paulding, Ohio, took ownership of the plant in 2010.

Sara Lee Corp. of Downers Grove, Ill., closed the plant in March 2007, putting more than 1,200 people out of work.

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