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U.S. EPA COLLECTS ASBESTOS PENALTY FROM ARIZONA DOT, CONTRACTOR

 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Breinholt Contracting Co. Inc. have agreed to pay a penalty of $46,700 to settle allegations of improper handling of asbestos during demolition of a school in Phoenix.
 The settlement resolves a U.S. EPA complaint alleging that ADOT and Breinholt did not take required precautions before Breinholt tore down the Scottsdale Christian Academy between Jan. 23 and 27, 1992. Because the buildings contained significant amounts of asbestos-containing materials, ADOT, the property owner, and Breinholt, the demolition contractor, were responsible for meeting requirements of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).
 According to the complaint, ADOT and Breinholt notified the Maricopa County Bureau of Air Pollution Control, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. EPA that they would remove 1,820 square feet of asbestos-containing transite panels before the demolition, but failed to do so. ADOT and Breinholt also failed to notify these agencies of a change in the start date of the demolition.
 U.S. EPA also alleged; a) that ADOT and Breinholt failed to keep asbestos-containing debris adequately wet until it was collected for disposal; b) that there were no properly trained personnel on hand during the demolition and loading of these hazardous materials into a truck for disposal; and c) that the truck transporting the asbestos-containing debris was not properly marked and that waste shipment records were not kept.
 Asbestos demolition and renovation regulations are intended to keep asbestos fibers out of the ambient air because no safe exposure level to airborne asbestos fibers is known. When inhaled, asbestos can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of the chest and abdominal cavity. If not wetted down or packaged correctly, asbestos fibers can become airborne for considerable periods of time.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Arizona Department of
 Transportation; Breinholt Contracting Co. Inc. ST: Arizona IN: SU:


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