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Bring on Abatement, State Says of Deutsche Bank Building

The ever-troubled Deutsche Bank building
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The Deutsche Bank Building at 130 Liberty Street in New York City, United States, adjacent to the World Trade Center, opened in 1974 as Bankers Trust Plaza.
 at Ground Zero seems to be moving a bit closer to deconstruction, as the state announced today that it has approved an abatement plan for the tower at 130 Liberty Street.

After a fire at the building killed two firefighters this summer, the deconstruction of the damaged tower was put on hold while officials sorted through the high-profile mess. On top of being strongly associated with the fatal fire and a couple other attention-grabbing accidents at the site, one of the subcontractors on the job, John Galt, was tainted by scandal and mob ties, as the Times revealed, and was booted off the deconstruction team.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation then selected a new general contractor last month, LVI Services, Inc., which plans to mostly remove asbestos before dismantling the building.

Press release below

Abatement plan approved for 130 liberty street Today, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC LMDC Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (New York City, NY, USA)
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) announced that it has received approval for the amended plan governing the abatement of 130 Liberty Street. This approved plan will permit LVI Services, Inc., the new subcontractor at 130 Liberty Street, to proceed with the abatement of the building. Among the key features in the amended plan is the decision to decouple the abatement and deconstruction phases of the project. The building will be now be almost entirely abated first and then deconstructed. The approved plan also contains safety enhancements, including the installation of chemical fire suppression systems in certain areas of the decontamination decontamination /de·con·tam·i·na·tion/ (de?kon-tam-i-na´shun) the freeing of a person or object of some contaminating substance, e.g., war gas, radioactive material, etc.

 units and the fire hardening of all decontamination chambers. “Today, we are one step closer towards the revitalization of Lower Manhattan,” said LMDC Chairman Avi Schick. “The regulatory approval of these modifications to the plans governing the 130 Liberty Street project is a critical milestone that will enable us to fulfill our commitment to complete the abatement and deconstruction safely and expeditiously during 2008.” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said: “Completing the deconstruction of 130 Liberty Street is essential to rebuilding at the World Trade Center site and to the continuing revitalization of Lower Manhattan, so this is good news for all who live, work and visit Downtown. I also want to recognize the hard work of LMDC Chairman Avi Schick, who has remained committed to ensuring the safety of our community and resolving this matter as quickly as possible.” “Today, we accepted LMDC’s revised plans to decontaminate de·con·tam·i·nate  
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 its building at 130 Liberty,” said Alan J. Steinberg, EPA EPA eicosapentaenoic acid.

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 Regional Administrator. “I am extremely proud of the efforts of my staff and our regulatory partners in making sure this building comes down in a manner that protects both the workers and the surrounding community.” “LMDC’s amended plan incorporates critical safety requirements that will protect workers, first responders and the surrounding community,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler. “Along with our partners in State and Federal government, we want to complete work at 130 Liberty Street as quickly as possible, and we all agree that safety must be the primary concern, which this plan recognizes.” Copies of the amended plans are posted and available on the LMDC website at The following agencies provided input and direction and signed off on the approved documents: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and , U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. agency established (1970) in the Dept. of Labor (see Labor, United States Department of) to develop and enforce regulations for the safety and health of workers in businesses that are engaged in interstate , New York New York, state, United States
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Author:Eliot Brown
Publication:The New York Observer
Date:Feb 7, 2008
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