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EPA FAULTS NEW YORK CITY FOR POOR NOTIFICATION OF SCHOOL ASBESTOS REMOVALS

 NEW YORK, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued orders to the New York City School Construction Authority and four of its contractors for them to comply with the federal Clean Air Act requiring notification in writing to EPA of plans for work to remove asbestos.
 In order to speed New York City school asbestos removal projects, EPA temporarily agreed to accept 24 hours notification, rather than the normally required 10-day notification, before a project starts; however, several of the Authority's contractors have not complied. Failure to notify hampers EPA efforts to inspect the asbestos removal work in the schools so that the Agency can determine whether it is being carried out properly. The work conditions must meet standards designed to protect workers and prevent escape of asbestos fibers.
 The cited contractors who submitted late or no notifications are:
 -- Admiral Abatement Corporation at Public Schools 133 (Bronx), 227 (Brooklyn), 215 (Queens); Junior High School 117 (NYC), and Chelsea Vocational High School (NYC),
 -- Advanced Asbestos Removal Corporation at P.S. 110 (NYC) and 215 (Queens),
 -- Kiss Construction, Inc. at Intermediate School 210 (Queens) and Julia Richmond High School (NYC),
 -- Trio Asbestos Removal Corporation at P.S. 90 and 108 (Brooklyn), 201 (Queens), Ida Wells School (Queens) and Junior High School 189 (Queens).
 EPA is acting under the asbestos regulations of the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) in the federal Clean Air Act. The regulations apply to asbestos renovation involving at least 260 linear feet, 160 square feet, or 35 cubic feet of material.
 Violation of EPA's compliance orders, which were effective immediately, violation of either EPA regulations or orders can subject the Authority and the contractors to penalties of up to $25,000 per day for each violation. As of Sept. 16, 1993, EPA has received 128 notifications of asbestos removals in New York City schools, of which 68 were subject to NESHAPS regulations. EPA has inspected 32 of the 68, and found them in compliance with NESHAPS regulations.
 These requirements are independent of asbestos requirements established under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act under TSCA is being investigated separately.
 -0- 9/17/93
 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-2515/


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