Industry News August 2013

Feds charge 3 Bay City men with asbestos-related offenses in connection with charter-school renovation

Bay City Times
August 30, 2013
By Cole Waterman

A federal grand jury has indicted three Bay City men on felony charges in connection with the alleged mishandling of asbestos at a building used by the Bay City Academy charter school.

Asbestos discovered at Hinsdale Central High School

Chicago Tribune
August 29, 2013

Asbestos has been found in the gymnasium lobby and a concession stand at Hinsdale Central High School, according to a notice on the school’s web site.

Woodburn construction company fined $52,500 by OSHA

Statesman Journal
August 29, 2013

Bravo’s Construction Services of Woodburn has been fined $52,500 for repeatedly not protecting its employees from falls, according to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division.

Bravo’s has been cited six times since December, 2012 for the same violation, in addition to a $1,350 fine on Aug. 27 for exposing its workers to lead and asbestos at a Portland construction site.

Willow Grove businessman charged with illegal asbestos removal


Montgomery News
August 29, 2013
By Linda Finarelli

David Mermelstein, 53, of Elkins Park, was indicted Aug. 27 following a grand jury investigation on five counts of illegal removal of asbestos, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia.


Historic convent could fall to wrecking ball


The Marshfield News-Herald
August 24, 2013
By Chris Jones

City leaders and Saint Stephen Parish officials are battling over the future of a nearly 60-year-old convent that the church wants to demolish, but history buffs want to save…

“If the building permit (to demolish) is denied, (the convent) will present a significant health and safety hazard,” he said. “It contains, among other things, black mold extensively, not minor, asbestos both in the tile and the mastic and it’s got asbestos pipe wrap.”


Baucus: ‘Someone will step up’ for Libby


The Western News
August 23, 2013
By Matt Bunk

When Sen. Max Baucus retires from the Senate next year, somebody will get elected to his position and somebody will fill his seat as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

While political pundits on the national stage try to guess who those somebodies will be, the people who were exposed to asbestos in Libby are wondering who in the federal government will step up to advocate on their behalf.

Pilot program to be expanded


The Western News
August 23, 2013
By Alan Lewis Gerstenecker

When Marilyn Tavenner met with Sen. Max Baucus earlier this year to solicit his support for her confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate, Baucus gave her a photograph of a well-known man from Libby who died of asbestos-related cancer several years ago. The photo came with strict instructions to keep it on her desk as a constant reminder that the people who were exposed to asbestos in Libby need her help.


ICC approves asbestos abatement plan

The Journal Star
August 22, 2013
By Thomas Bruch

The Illinois Central College Board of Trustees unanimously adopted its 2014 fiscal year budget Thursday, but the bulk of the discussion at the meeting centered on a project at ICC North.

Before major renovation starts at Arbor Hall at ICC North, which will serve as the new Student Services Center once the ICC Downtown campus fully moves to the North campus in the fall of 2015, an asbestos abatement project must be completed.

Temple City disposes of more than 700 public documents due to asbestos contamination


Pasadena Star-News
August 22, 2013
By Zen Vuong

The City Council passed a resolution Tuesday declaring seven filing cabinets’ worth of public records “toxic” and had a contractor dispose of the infected files on Wednesday.

The documents were contaminated with asbestos dust or friable asbestos, so safety was a concern, said City Attorney Eric Vail.


Asbestos-Tainted Debris Being Dumped in Landfill


The Mountain View Telegraph
August 22, 2013
By Mike Bush

Tons of debris from a violent hailstorm in Santa Rosa with a “high probability” that some of it contains asbestos is being disposed of in the Estancia Valley landfill, a few miles east of Moriarty, even though the dump site is not licensed to handle asbestos.


‘Sandy lung’: Shore residents, first responders screened for post-storm respiratory issues


The Star-Ledger
August 22, 2013
By MaryAnn Spoto

When Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher learned some local volunteers had been screened for post-Hurricane Sandy respiratory illnesses, he wanted the town’s first responders to get checked, too.

Staff from the Deborah Heart and Lung Center are coming to Toms River High School East to conduct free screenings of township employees, residents and first responders who may have been exposed to mold, mildew, asbestos or other irritants in the wake of the Oct. 29 storm.


Answers sought following Coolidge Elementary asbestos discovery

Press & Sun-Bulletin
August 17, 2013
By Meghin Delaney, Steve Reilly and David Robinson

The discovery of airborne asbestos in Calvin Coolidge Elementary School has prompted questions about how more than 200 people were exposed to the hazardous material this summer.

Among the most important issues: when was the asbestos released and could the inspectors have found it sooner.

Bourne System Expedites Asbestos Removal Projects in Three Schools

Bourne Courier
August 15, 2013

The Bourne school system this summer has worked to remove asbestos in ceilings and tiles in three buildings; Peebles Elementary, Otis Memorial and Bourne High School.


Contractor Who Mishandled, Dumped Asbestos Gets 6 Months in Federal Prison

The Spokesman-Review
August 14, 2013

A former construction supervisor convicted of mishandling pipe coated with asbestos during an upgrade of Orofino’s municipal water and sewer system four years ago has been sentenced six months in prison.

Students, teachers spent weeks in Binghamton school after asbestos was discovered


Press & Sun-Bulletin
August 13, 2013

More than 200 students, teachers and city employees spent two and a half weeks in Calvin Coolidge Elementary School after inspectors first discovered disturbed asbestos during a routine check.


Libby asbestos: EPA Promises Assessment of Risk by Late Next Year


The Daily Interlake
August 11, 2013
By Seaborn Larson

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined a new timetable of late 2014 to produce results from three studies that will be pivotal in determining nearly every decision a remedial team in Libby will make during the remaining years of the asbestos cleanup.


New Rochelle School District Retracts False Claims


Talk of the Sound
August, 11, 2013

In response to complaints by the Westchester County Department of Health, the City School of District of New Rochelle has retracted some but not all of the false claims the District attributed to the Westchester County Department of Health earlier this week regarding the risk to staff, students and visitors to the George M. Davis Elementary School following an asbestos exposure incident.

Asbestos-like fibers could be released by mining Penokees

The Ashland Daily Press
August 11, 2013
By Mike Simonson

The DNR says it is concerned asbestos-like fibers could be released from iron ore mining or sampling in northern Wisconsin.


Asbestos Disturbed at Calvin Coolidge Elementary


The Press & Sun-Bulletin
August 9, 2013

The Binghamton school board will hold a special meeting Tuesday morning to vote on a resolution declaring the Calvin Coolidge Elementary School site an “emergency” after workers found asbestos in a basement crawl space this week.

Wilton to condemn mill in face of imprisoned owner’s inaction

Morning Sentinel
August 6, 2013
By Kaitlin Schroeder

Demolition of the mill was halted in July 2011 when workers alerted federal officials to what was described by one official as the worst case of asbestos in the state in 30 years.


Sentences for upstate NY asbestos-dumping scheme

The Associated Press
August 3, 2013

Two men have been sentenced for illegally dumping asbestos-contaminated debris on wetlands in upstate New York.


State fines contractor over asbestos removal at Worcester home


Worcester Telegram
August 2, 2013

The state Department of Environmental Protection has fined a Jamaica Plain company about $18,000 for asbestos removal violations at a Worcester residence.


Glendale Unified schools to get the lead out


Glendale News-Press
August 1, 2013

Glendale Unified has turned to three Southern California firms to help identify and dispose of lingering asbestos, lead and other potentially toxic materials on school campuses.