[ADEQ Media] Asbestos Cleanup in Holbrook Expected to be Completed This Week
Tue Oct 2 13:04:26 MST 2007
Asbestos Cleanup in Holbrook Expected to be Completed This Week
PHOENIX (Oct. 1) - Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
Director Steve Owens said today that the cleanup of asbestos-containing
debris from a demolished Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) school dormitory
in Holbrook is expected to be completed by the end of this week.
In late August ADEQ was alerted by a subcontractor on the project that
the demolition debris contained asbestos material. ADEQ inspected the
demolition site, located at 1100 W. Buffalo Street near Holbrook High
School, which consisted of five piles of debris, each roughly 10-12 feet
high and 20-30 feet wide. Tests conducted by ADEQ confirmed that the
debris contained asbestos. ADEQ also determined that the contractor,
Gerald A. Martin Ltd of Albuquerque, N.M., had failed to comply with
regulations requiring notification, containment and disposal of asbestos
On August 29 ADEQ ordered the contractor to immediately take steps to
keep the asbestos debris wet to prevent students and residents in the
area from being exposed to friable asbestos emissions from the site.
ADEQ also ordered the contractor to remove the asbestos and ensure that
it be properly disposed of at the closest asbestos certified disposal
site, located near Joseph City.
After receiving the order, the contractor advised ADEQ that it would
comply with the order and hired an asbestos contractor to properly
handle the asbestos material and remove it to the Joseph City landfill.
As a result of ADEQ's order, the cleanup of the asbestos debris should
be completed by the end of this week, assuming no unexpected delays.
"As soon as we learned of this problem, we took action to investigate
the site and protect the community from exposure to the asbestos,"
Director Owens said. "There is no excuse for the contractor's failure to
comply with the requirements of the law, and this cleanup could have -
and should have - been completed much sooner. We are hopeful, however,
that this cleanup will finally be completed this week and that any risk
to the community will be removed once and for all."
Director Owens said the agency will determine whether to take
enforcement action against the contractor after the cleanup is finished.
The contractor is subject to potential penalties of up to $10,000 per
day for each violation of the asbestos regulations since the demolition
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