Demolition of Kiddie Kollge, a day-care center that opened inside a heavily contaminated building in Gloucester County, will begin next month, accoring to an online report by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Cleanup workers have begun preparing for the demolition, now that all legal hurdles have been cleared.

It was estimated that up to 100 children were exposed to toxic mercury vapors in the former Accutherm thermometer factory, a one-story concrete building in Franklinville, after it opened as a day care in January 2004. Two years later, the state Department of Environmental Protection ordered it closed after it found 60 children who tested positive for mercury.

The DEP tests later showed vapors that were 27 times the acceptable limits.

An official with the DEP said the boarded-up building would be knocked down and about 700 tons of debris would be taken to a toxin disposal facility in Indiana.


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