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HARMAC INC

12297 HIDDEN HILLS DR
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32225

LANG ENVIRONMENTAL INC

1188 BERT RD STE 6
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32211

DARCCO ENVIRONMENTAL

2061 EMERSON ST STE D
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32207

Darcco Environmental Inc

2061 Emerson St # D
Jacksonville, FL 32207

BEST TEC ASBESTOS ABATEMENT

1209 LANE AVE N
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32254

National Asbestos Abatement

12297 Hidden Hills Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Bradco

5830 Stuart Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32254

Lockwood Quality Demolition

2116 W Beaver St
Jacksonville, FL 32209

Industrial Environmental Corp

924 Lane Ave N # 6
Jacksonville, FL 32254

Darcco Environmental Inc

2061-D EMERSON STREET
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Asbestos Remediation Violations in Jacksonville

FISCAL YEAR:              2007

 

1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Instar Services Groups, Inc.

S.D.  Florida  06-CR-60284-WPD

 

InStar was a national company that specialized in disaster response and property restoration in the wake of catastrophes such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and tornadoes and conducted significant business in the rehabilitation and restoration of commercial and multi-family complexes in reconstruction projects. In the wake of the very active 2004 and 2005 Florida hurricane seasons, InStar was retained to conduct renovation and demolition activities at damaged housing complexes. Despite knowing that the units contained asbestos that was regulated by the Clean Air Act (CAA). InStar failed to file the required 10-day notification prior to disturbing the asbestos and failed to comply with the NESHAP work practice standards during the renovation and demolition activities between approximately November 18, 2005 and January 31, 2006.

 

September 29, 2006

InStar was charged with two counts of violating the CAA {42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(1) - knowing failure to comply with the NESHAP work practice standards and 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(2) - knowing failure to notify authorities prior to removing asbestos}

STATUTE: 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(1), 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(2)

November 8, 2006

InStar pled guilty to the two counts charged in the Information and were sentenced to 60 months probation per count, to run concurrently, ordered to pay an $800 special assessment fee, a $1 million federal fine and was ordered to perform community service by paying $2 million to the Florida Statewide Environmental Task Force. As a special condition of probation, InStar must implement and enforce a comprehensive Environmental Compliance Plan.


Asbestos Remediation Violations in Jacksonville

FISCAL YEAR:              2007

 

1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Kenneth Hale

S.D.  Florida  07-CR-60085-WPD

 

Hale, a part owner of Rockland Properties, oversaw the renovation of the property including an asbestos abatement. Hale was informed by authorities that continuing the work where it was suspected asbestos was present but where no survey was completed was illegal. Sampling confirmed the presence of asbestos and despite the warnings, the work continued. None of the required notifications were made in advance of the work. In all, approximately 4,200 square feet of asbestos were affected.

 

March 30, 2007

Hale was charged with one felony count of violating the CAA {42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(2)(A) - failing to file the required notification prior to commencing demolition and renovation activities where asbestos is known to be present}.

STATUTE: 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(2)(A)

May 7, 2007

Hale pled guilty and was sentenced to 12 month probation, ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $50,000 fine.

Asbestos Abatement Supervisor Pleads Guilty in False Training Certificate Case

 

Release date: 02/12/2004

Contact Information:


Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819


02/12/2004 - On Jan. 28, Adrian Whaley, Asbestos Abatement Supervisor at Darcco Environmental Inc., in Jacksonville, Fla., pled guilty to conspiring to make a false statement to the EPA regarding asbestos training certification. The conspiracy involved the use of false asbestos training certificates by Darcco employees during asbestos abatement work conducted at U.S. Naval bases in the Jacksonville area. Darcco provided the certificates to its employees, despite knowing that the employees did not attend the asbestos training courses listed on the documents. Darcco received the false certificates from the Air Analytics Company in Orlando, Fla. Three other defendants, Edward Nunez, owner of Air Analytics and an employee of Darcco; Jerry Carter, owner of Darcco; and Eric Brown, a Darcco Asbestos Abatement Supervisor; each previously entered guilty pleas with respect to this case. Failure to properly train asbestos abatement workers and the use of falsified asbestos training documents can lead to workers being exposed to and inhaling airborne asbestos. Inhalation of airborne asbestos is a known cause of lung cancer, the lung disease “asbestosis,” and mesothelioma, cancer of the chest and abdominal cavities. The case was investigated by the Jacksonville Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, EPA’s Office of Inspector General, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Office of Inspector General, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville.

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