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Winter Environmental Services

1330 SPRING STREET
Atlanta, GA 30309 2810

The Winter Construction Company

191 Peachtree St., Ste. 2100
Atlanta, GA 30303

DPC Engineering Corp


Atlanta, GA 30317

Protech Contractors Inc

1231 COLLIER ROAD NW STE H
Atlanta, GA 30318

GLE Assoc Inc

1100 Spring St NW # 820
Atlanta, GA 30309

Cape Environmental Management

2302 PARKLAKE DRIVE SUITE 200
Atlanta, GA 30345

Jatech & Assoc Inc

131 Ponce DE Leon Ave NE # 100
Atlanta, GA 30308

URBAN METROPOLITAN DEVELOPMENT

1101 JUNIPER ST NE APT 925
ATLANTA, GA 30309

Cascade Services Co


Atlanta, GA 30305

GLE ASSOC INC

1100 SPRING ST NW STE 820
ATLANTA, GA 30309

EPA Enforcement of Clean Air Act Asbestos Regulations in Georgia

 

Release date: 03/20/2009

Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, 


(Atlanta, Ga. – Mar. 20, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has assumed the responsibility for implementation of provisions of the Clean Air Act AsbestosProgram in Georgia. Because of budget constraints, Georgia has discontinued asbestosinspections, complaint follow-up, and enforcement. By mutual agreement between Georgia and EPA, the State will continue to process notifications for asbestos renovation, encapsulation and/or demolition, issue asbestos contractor licenses, and approve asbestos supervisor training courses. EPA will conduct inspections and enforcement of asbestos abatement renovation, disposal, and demolition projects for commercial, public, industrial and certain types of multi-family residential structures. 

EPA has established programs to collect information related to the asbestos violations. When necessary, EPA will pursue federal enforcement in cases where violations are found. The law allows for fines of up to $37,500 per day, for each violation. 

Asbestos exposure has a direct, and substantially adverse, impact on human health. EPA’s requirements for working with asbestos are those found in the Clean Air Act’s National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Asbestos. These regulations are designed to minimize exposure to asbestos. It is essential for these regulations to be enforced in every state. 

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Today, asbestos is most commonly found in older buildings, in pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos shingles, millboard, textured paints and other coating materials, and floor tiles.

High concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur after asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities. Improper attempts to remove these materials can release asbestos fibers into the air increasing asbestos levels and endangering people occupying these structures.

For information about asbestos and asbestos removal, call 404-562-9221 or emailAsbestos.R4@epa.gov.


Man Receives Jail Time for Illegal Asbestos Removal

 

Release date: 08/01/2007

Contact Information: Roxanne Smith, (202) 564-4355 /  

(8/1/07) Dylan Starnes, an employee of the Atlanta based Environmental Contracting Company, was sentenced to 33 months in prison and three years of probation for improperly removingasbestos from a low-income public housing project on St. Thomas. In addition to the jail sentence, Starnes must also pay for the cost of medical surveillance required for any people who were exposed to the asbestos. Starnes was sentenced July 27, 2007.

In 2002, Starnes, a licensed and certified asbestos contractor, was hired by the Virgin Islands Housing Authority to oversee the remediation of more than 220,000 sq. ft. of asbestos and to conduct air monitoring in the housing project. The evidence at trial established that Starnes and Cleve Allan George failed to follow applicable federal regulations for asbestos removal outlined in their work plan, a violation of federal law. George is the owner of the Virgin Island Asbestos Removal Co.

Specifically, Starnes and George were convicted of failing to ensure that asbestos-containing material remained wet until contained, discharging visible asbestos emissions to the outside air, and failing to use one of the required emission control and waste treatment methods. The defendants were also found guilty of filing false air monitoring documents with the Virgin Islands Housing Authority and falsely labeling asbestos as non-friable when it was sent to Florida for disposal. 

Asbestos is a carcinogen and exposure can result in serious or fatal respiratory diseases, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos is commonly used in thermal insulation, fireproofing and other building materials. When asbestos-containing materials become damaged or disturbed, the fibers separate and may become airborne and inhaled into the lungs. EPA procedures require that the materials be kept wet in order to prevent any asbestos fibers from becoming airborne.

Starnes, of Atlanta, Ga., and co-defendant George were convicted June 30, 2005, by a federal jury on 15 counts involving the illegal removal of asbestos-containing material at the housing project in 2001 and making materially false statements to federal agencies concerning air monitoring at the project. George has yet to be sentenced. 

More information on asbestos and asbestos containing materialsepa.gov/asbestos/ 

More information on EPA's Criminal Enforcement program:epa.gov/compliance/criminal/index.html 

Help EPA protect our nation's land, air and water by reporting violationsepa.gov/tips


City of Marco Island and Quality Enterprises USA, Inc. Agree to pay Penalty to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations

 

Release date: 06/24/2010

Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421

 


(Atlanta, Ga. – June 24, 2010) The city of Marco Island, Florida, and Quality Enterprises USA, Inc. (Quality) have entered into an administrative consent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to settle allegations that the city and Quality violated the Clean Air Act and the federal asbestos regulations known as the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos. Under the consent agreement, the city and Quality have agreed to pay a penalty of $81,722. In accordance with a separate agreement between the city and Quality, Quality will pay the entire penalty. The alleged violations occurred during the city’s Collier Boulevard road-widening and sewer and drinking water pipe installation project that began in 2005. The Consent Agreement was finalized on June 23, 2010. The alleged violations of the asbestos regulations include:

    · failure to conduct a thorough inspection for asbestos prior to the excavation of asbestos-containing cement piping;
    · failure to provide timely written notification to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection prior to beginning the construction project;
    · failure to remove the excavated asbestos-containing piping prior to conducting construction activity that would break up, dislodge or disturb the asbestos material;,
    · failure to adequately wet and keep wet the excavated asbestos-containing piping until disposed;
    · failure to have on-site a supervisor properly trained in the asbestos regulations; and
    · failure to properly dispose of the excavated asbestos-containing piping and asbestos-contaminated debris as soon as practical.


"It is incumbent that building owners, developers, contractors and municipalities involved in renovation and demolition projects, properly remove and dispose of asbestos in order to protect the health of the public and immediate community," said Kenneth Lapierre, EPA Region 4 Deputy Director of the Air, Pesticides and Toxic Substances Division. “The notification, work practice, and disposal requirements of the asbestos regulations are designed to ensure that asbestos emissions are avoided during renovation and demolition construction work.”

In 2006, EPA learned that fragments and sections of the asbestos-containing cement piping that had been excavated during the project had been disposed of and/or otherwise had come to be located at three separate sites near the construction project on Marco Island. Due to the presence of asbestos contamination at the three sites, EPA determined that cleanup action was required. The city and Quality fully cooperated with EPA in the development and implementation of sampling and cleanup plans to address the contamination at the sites. Cleanup actions were satisfactorily completed in accordance with the work plans in May 2007, April 2008, and November 2008, respectively. Subsequent confirmatory soil sampling did not indicate the presence of any remaining asbestos fibers. Under the Consent Agreement, the city and Quality have certified that they are in compliance with all relevant requirements of the asbestos regulations.

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