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Keystone Abatement Svc

7524 Washington Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Project Development Group Inc

1386 Beulah Road Bldg 801
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

Phase One Development Corp

1343 Renton Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15239

PDG Environmental Inc

1386 Beulah Rd # 801
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

Lvi Environmental Services Inc.

201 Parkway View Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Enviro-Tech Abatement

1386 Beulah Road, Bldg 801
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

Bristol Environmental Inc

600 Grant St
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Canfield Development Inc

2536 Library Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Burnham Industrial Contractors

3229 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

LVI Environmental Svc Inc

201 Parkway View Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Asbestos Remediation Violations in Pittsburgh

FISCAL YEAR:              1987

 

1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Irwin Pearlman

W.D.  Pennsylvania  86-246

2. DEFENDANT: Salvatore C. Williams

W.D.  Pennsylvania  86-246

 

Williams, owner of former school building in residential area of Pittsburgh, and Pearlman, the contractor who removed boiler and heating system, failed to comply with NESHAP work practice standards for asbestos. Violations include failure to give notice of intention to demolish or renovate and failure to wet down material and comply with other removal procedures for asbestos. Violations occurred after EPA Region III issued administrative order directing defendants to cease asbestos removal work at site and respond to requests for information regarding these activities.

 

October 31, 1986

Indictment filed charging each defendant with two counts failure to comply with NESHAP standards in violation of Clean Air Act, Secs. 112 (c) and 113(c)(1)(C) [42 U.S.C. 7412 (c) and 7413 (c)(1)(C)]; and one count failure to comply with EPA administrative order in violation of Clean Air Act, Sec. 113(c)(1)(B) [42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(1)(B)].

STATUTE: 42 U.S.C. 7412(c)(1)(B, 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(1)(B, 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(1)(C

December 30, 1986

The defendants pled guilty to two counts of violating NESHAP standards and each was sentenced to a $1,000 fine.

EPA Settles Alleged Asbestos Violations In Pittsburgh

 

Release date: 10/23/2001

Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, (215) 814-5543


PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced 
that it has settled alleged violations of federal asbestos regulations during a roofing project at Pittsburgh’s Calvary United Methodist Church located at 971 Beech Ave.

Under a consent agreement with EPA, renovation contractor Miller-Thomas-Gyekis, Inc. andasbestos removal contractor Gray Waste Management Corp. will pay a $13,750 penalty for alleged Clean Air Act violations during the removal of about 20,000 square feet of asbestos-containing roof panels and shingles at the church. 

The alleged violations were identified during inspections by EPA, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor, and Allegheny County Department of Health officials. The inspection documented improper removal and disposal of damaged asbestos roof shingles and other materials. 

Following the inspection, Allegheny County issued Gray a temporary stop-work order, requiring safeguards to prevent asbestos violations. EPA, state, and county officials conducted further inspections to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. 

In its complaint filed in September 2000, EPA cited the two Pittsburgh-based companies for violating Clean Air Act regulations that apply to demolition and renovation projects involvingasbestos-containing material. According to the complaint, workers did not keep the removed or stripped asbestos materials adequately wetted until disposal, and workers dropped suspectedasbestos-containing materials from the roof. 

Clean Air Act regulations require that asbestos-containing materials that may release asbestosfibers during demolition or renovation must be carefully handled to prevent emission of asbestosfibers. The rules also require that asbestos materials must remain adequately wetted, or be securely bagged or otherwise treated until disposal. Asbestos is a hazardous air pollutant that was once heavily used in insulation, roof shingles and other building materials. Prolonged exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause cancer and asbestosis, a serious respiratory disease.

In the settlement agreement, the companies neither admitted nor denied liability for the cited violations.


Allegheny County Cited for Asbestos Violations at Pittsburgh Airport

 

Release date: 3/20/2002

Contact Information: Bonnie Smith (215) 814-5543


PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it has issued a complaint against Allegheny County for allegedly violating federal asbestos regulations related to the 1997 salvage at the now-demolished old terminal building at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

EPA’s complaint seeks a penalty of $108,900 for violations of work practice safeguards that are designed to reduce asbestos emissions during demolition and renovation operations.

With the building closed to the public, contractors for Allegheny County were permitted to conduct salvage activities in the old terminal building before its 1997 demolition. During an investigation, an EPA inspector observed asbestos-containing debris from salvage operations – including pipe insulation, fireproofing materials, ceiling tiles and caulking – scattered in various areas of the building. This material was not wetted or enclosed in leak-tight bags, as required by Clean Air Act regulations.

Earlier, the Allegheny County Health Department ordered that work be stopped. Following its inspections, EPA also ordered Allegheny County to cease work, and ordered the cleanup of asbestos-containing debris in the building.

EPA also quickly referred the potential violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) to the U.S. Department of Labor. The Labor Department filed OSHA complaints against seven contractors, http://www.osha.gov/media/oshnews/june97/osha97206.html.ultimately collecting a $745,000 penalty against HDR Engineering, Inc., $75,000 against ICF Kaiser Engineers, Inc., $25,000 against Menzock Scrap, Inc.,
$8,625 against Geneva College, $5,000 against JK Salvage, $3,900 against Montour Development Co., and $3,500 against alama Brothers Electric, Inc. See the initial OSHA complaint, http://www.osh.gov/media/oshnews/june97/osh97206.html.

EPA’s complaint cites Allegheny County as the owner and operator of the airport at the time of the alleged violations. (Now the airport is owned and operated by the Allegheny County Airport Authority).

The county has the right to a hearing to contest the alleged violations and proposed penalty.

Asbestos is a hazardous air pollutant that was once heavily used in insulation and other building materials. Prolonged exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause cancer and asbestosis, a serious respiratory disease.

To reduce the risk of asbestos emissions, EPA’s regulations require that asbestos-containing materials that may release asbestos fibers during demolition or renovation must be adequately wetted during removal, and carefully handled to prevent unnecessary damage. These materials must remain adequately wetted, or be securely bagged, or otherwise treated to minimize asbestos emissions until disposal.


PA PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CHARGED

 

Release date: 03/13/98

Contact Information:


FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 1998

PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CHARGED
On March 10, R. David Farley of New Bethlehem, Pa., was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh with the improper removal of asbestos from the Red Bank Valley High School in New Bethlehem, Pa. The charges state that Farley, who was supervisor of the Red Bank Valley Schools, oversaw the removal of at least 160 square feet of floor tiles and glue that contained regulated asbestos-containing material (ACM) from the high school between August 1, 1996 and August 10, 1996. The indictment alleges that the ACM was improperly collected, processed, packaged and disposed of. The indictment further alleges that the ACM was removed without following federal work practice standards and without worker protection. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can cause people to develop a lung disease known as “asbestosis” and lung cancer. If convicted, Farley faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $250,000. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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