Issue tackled years ago at Hannam Village
Lead-based paint was identified as an issue in the Hannam Village quarters nearly 10 years ago, said Yongsan garrison deputy commander Tillman D. Moses.
“To answer your question, yes there was an issue,” he said. “Yes there is an issue if you were to go down to bare wood or lift up some runners or undo the mitigation efforts.”
Moses said work was done, “and we addressed Hannam Village at that time,” especially the low-rise buildings.
“We encapsulated stairways, we painted and mitigated the … lead-based issue there where we identified those locations.”
Since that time, Moses said, extensive renovations of the low-rises and the “I” high-rise building have been conducted.
“Whereby when we renovated, we again were not using lead-based paint,” he said.
The U.S. military leases Hannam Village buildings from the Korean National Housing Corporation, a local group that is not required to hire English-speaking workers but is responsible for maintaining and improving the buildings.
Residents have long complained about housing issues, including sewage backups, insect problems and water leaks.
Lead paints not an issue in CDC buildingsLead-based paints are not an issue in buildings that exist to serve children, garrison officials said. These include the Child Development Centers.
“We’ve been certified for the last 10 years in our CDC and our school-age services — which encompasses all of our child and youth services programs,” said Yongsan Garrison deputy commander Tillman D. Moses. “We’ve never had an issue.”
All of those buildings have been constructed in the last 10 years or so, Moses said.
He used the CDC building on Yongsan’s South Post as an example, saying it was built to Department of the Army standards with building materials and construction requirements.
“It was 100 percent U.S.” said Michael Chung, garrison Director of Public Works.
The Department of Defense Dependents Schools have their own programs, garrison officials said.
“We do not have purview over DODDS as a garrison,” Moses said. “I cannot comment for DODDS.”