Chris Richmond, the retired former city fire marshal, was armed with facts, determination and confidence as he led reporters around the hulking ruins of the abandoned Pillsbury plant last Saturday. He's working with the city to try to untie the "legal knot" involving a $2 million federal lien against the property, which prevents progress on cleanup. Much of the asbestos has been removed already. About a third of the plant has been demolished. But trespassers, fly-dumpers, salvage thieves, arsonists and children are easily getting in through the fence, adding to the peril and urgency. "We can do this," he kept saying. The plant needs to become a pile of rubble. "We can do this in five years." –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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