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Asbestos Update: Removals, Bribes, and Encapsulation

Thursday, August 9th, 2012.

Asbestos removed from Hackettstown, Union Township schools without license, police say

A Middlesex County man was arrested Thursday on charges he released asbestos into a New Jersey day care and nine homes and removed the cancer-causing substance from Hackettstown and Union Township schools without a license, authorities said….

Authorities allege that from April 2011 to February 2012, [William T. Muzzio Jr., 50, of Woodbridge, N.J.] illegally removed or sealed asbestos at 36 locations, including a Union County day care, 13 schools, 21 homes and an apartment complex. Toxic material was released in 10 of the locations, according to the court documents.

Brenzel, Kathryn. The Express Times. August 2, 2012. Full Article

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Supervisor of Michigan Town Sentenced to Three Years in Prison, Violated EPA’s Clean Air Act

A Michigan supervisor is caught accepting bribes for steering work and allowing a contractor to submit inflated change orders for EPA-mandated asbestos removal during demolition of theater

“It is reprehensible that a public official made asbestos abatement decisions based on a bribe, not on what was needed to protect the health of the community,” said Randall Ashe, special agent in charge of EPA’s criminal enforcement program in Michigan. “The sentence shows that government officials who attempt to line their pockets rather than carry out their responsibilities honestly will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials. When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause serious health problems.



Smith, Sandy. EHS Today. August 3, 2012. Full Article

Detroit, Michigan

Ask the Inspector: Asbestos

What are some of the items you come across that surprise you in the home inspection process?

I inspected a home that had what appeared to be asbestos wrap around the duct work and 9-inch floor tiles, which are usually made of asbestos. Everything was intact and wasn’t friable (the wrap was not hanging loose and the floor tiles were not broken up).

Duerkop, Rich. Leader-Telegram. August 4, 2012. Full Article

Rothschild, Wisconsin

Northampton County law library reopens to the public after nearly a year due to asbestos

County Executive John Stoffa and Administrator Tom Harp said the county ended up spending over $250,000 to rid the library of asbestos, redesign it and stock it with new books. The previous ones had to be tossed due to the potential asbestos contamination, he said. The cost, Harp said, does not include the materials and man hours county workers put in fixing up the library.

Shortell, Tom. The Express Times. August 4, 2012. Full Article

Easton, Pennsylvania

Supervisor of Michigan Town Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

Prior to the awarding of the contract, Morgan had received a $10,000 bribe from Sureguard/PBM, one of the companies that submitted a bid for the demolition and asbestos removal of an abandoned theater on Eight Mile road. In return for the bribe, Morgan attempted to steer the contract to Sureguard/PBM. Despite Morgan’s efforts, Royal Oak’s Board of Supervisors awarded the contract to another company, which had submitted a lower bid.

During the demolition process, Morgan asked for and received cash payments of $500 and $1,000 from the owner of the company that had won the contract. Morgan received these payments under the belief that they were in return for his approval of a change order covering the asbestos abatement that fraudulently inflated the cost of the work.

US EPA – Environmental Protection Agency. August 3, 2012. Full Article

Detroit, Michigan

Legislation Introduced In Congress That Would Reopen Off-Road Riding Area In California

The 70,000 acres have been closed to the public — including OHV riders and hikers — since May 1, 2008, because of fears over health dangers posed by naturally occurring asbestos in the soil. The land has remained off-limits, even though a later study showed that the health risk to motorcyclists from naturally occurring asbestos is minimal.

American Motorcyclist Association. August 5, 2012. Full Article

Clear Creek, California

Asbestos temporarily closes Portsmouth PD lobby

Public Works Director Steve Parkinson said it is not uncommon to find asbestos at the Municipal Complex, which was built in 1950 and houses City Hall, the police station, school administrative offices and other nonprofit organizations.

“You find it here and there,” he said.

The source of asbestos discovered on Saturday came from the adhesive underneath the tile flooring, said Parkinson.

McMahon, Charles. Sea Coast Online. August 6, 2012. Full Article

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Nine Schools Treated by Fake Asbestos Removal Contractor Will Open on Time

The nine township schools treated by a Woodbridge asbestos removal contractor who wasn’t licensed for the work are being tested again – this time, to make sure they’re safe for children to return to when school opens in September.

Woodbridge Schools Superintendent John Crowe said that the nine affected schools throughout the district are being tested for asbestos by RAM Environmental Services.

Bell, Deborah. Woodbridge Patch. August 7, 2012. Full Article

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Roanoke City Council lowers asking price for Huff Lane Intermediate School property,
Costs to remove asbestos and extend water lines on the land were factored into the new price

The Roanoke City Council approved dropping the price by $115,000 to $1.73 million Monday after inspections revealed some problems.

“They found that it was inadequately served with water and that there was a larger amount of asbestos in the building than we had in the initial survey that we had done,” Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill said Monday….

The same report says that inspectors found more asbestos than the city originally reported, which requires an estimated $150,000 in removal costs.

Rupert, Evelyn. The Roanoke Times. August 7, 2012. Full Article

Roanoke, Virginia

Asbestos issue closes Riverside school

Hale Road Elementary may remain closed past the start of the school year after the presence of asbestos was detected in the building.

School officials placed a sign on the front door of the school warning people to stay out.

WOIO. August 8, 2012. Full Article

Cleveland Ohio

More asbestos abatement required at Peru Central

Summer renovations to Peru Central Intermediate School have necessitated additional asbestos abatement.

The hazardous material was recently removed from hallway ceilings on both floors of the Intermediate School after it was unexpectedly disturbed during renovations to the building.

Livingston, Ashleigh. Press-Republican. August 9, 2012. Full Article

Plattsburgh, New York

More Asbestos at Old WHS; More Money

The Watauga Commissioners voted Tuesday to take funds from the reserve set aside for the old Watauga High demolition to pay for additional asbestos abatement, with more found as workers take apart interior areas of the school. Commissioners approved something over $37,000 from the $100,000 reserve fund to deal with the additional asbestos, which has to be cleared before the rest of the building can be torn down.

Frank, Steve. Go Blue Ridge. August 8, 2012. Full Article

Boone, North Carolina

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