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12303 8th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98125

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Asbestos Remediation Violations - Seattle

1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: James L. Clemensen

E.D.  Washington  CR 98-6006-RHW

 Clemensen operated the Agape School for Boys between 1993 and 1995 on a converted military base in Othello, Washington. Between April 1993 and June 1994, Clemensen engaged in the removal of asbestos-containing material (ACM) used as insulation on aboveground steam pipes and buried the ACM on school grounds. In July 1995, Clemensen hired an asbestos abatement contractor to dig up and properly dispose of the ACM. Between April 1993 and June 1994, Clemensen, also, failed to inspect school buildings for the presence of ACM, failed to develop an asbestos management plan and failed to follow required response actions after the identification of ACM.

 July 23, 1998

Clemensen was charged in an Information with three counts of violating TSCA {15 U.S.C. 2615 - any person who knowingly or willfully violates any provision of section 2614 ...}.

STATUTE: 15 U.S.C. 2615, 18 U.S.C. 1001

November 23, 1998

Clemensen pled guilty to one count in the Information. He was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to pay $1,500 in federal fines.

Asbestos Remediation Violations in Seattle

1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Wolfgang 'Tito' Roempke

W.D.  Washington  CR10-0062-JCC

2. DEFENDANT: James (Bruce) Thoreen

W.D.  Washington  CR10-0062-JCC

3. DEFENDANT: Michael Neureiter

W.D.  Washington  CR10-0062-JCC


In May 2008, a certified inspector hired by Roempke collected 80 samples of suspected asbestos containing materials from throughout the building on Auburn Way North. In June, the inspector submitted his report to Roempke revealing widespread asbestos contamination. Ten different types of building materials were found to contain asbestos above the regulatory threshold, including: acoustical popcorn ceiling texture, twelve inch ceiling tile mastic, orange peel textured gypsum wallboard system, exterior window glaze, built up roofing, vent sealant, wall paneling mastic, troweled-on textured gypsum wallboard, floor tile, and wall paneling mastic. The materials contained between 2% and 10% asbestos. Roempke subsequently solicited bids from two different companies to lawfully remove the asbestos. Both bids were approximately $20,000. Believing those costs to be too high, Roempke chose instead to hire co-defendant Michael Neureiter to find a second inspector to reassess the building. In mid-July 2008, Neureiter contacted co-defendant Bruce Thoreen and asked him to conduct an asbestos survey of the facility. He instructed Thoreen to conduct the survey in such a way as to minimize the amount of asbestos contamination. Thoreen was a certified asbestos building inspector, authorized to prepare the required survey. Thoreen inspected the building and produced a written report falsely reporting that the building contained no regulated asbestos containing materials. In August 2008, Neureiter removed salvage materials from the building but did not remove any asbestos containing materials.

In late August 2008, individuals employed by Roempke in his car dealership used heavy equipment to demolish the facility. The Defendant did not disclose to the employees that regulated asbestos containing materials were present in the facility at the time of demolition. The prescribed work practice standards applicable to removing, packaging, transporting and disposing of the regulated asbestos containing material were not followed. The demolition debris was handled as ordinary construction debris.


March 9, 2010

The defendants were charged with violating the CAA {42 U.S.C. 7412; 42 U.S.C. 7413(h); 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(2)(A) - knowingly makes any false material statement ...} and conspiracy, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 371.

STATUTE: 18 U.S.C. 371, 42 U.S.C. 7412, 42 U.S.C. 7412(h), 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(2)(A)

May 4, 2010

Thoreen pled guilty to one count of knowingly making and delivering a false writing, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1018.

STATUTE: 18 U.S.C. 1018

September 20, 2010

Neureiter pled guilty to one count of conspiracy.

October 13, 2010

Roempke pled guilty to Failing to Properly Remove Asbestos – a felony violation of the Clean Air Act {42 U.S.C. 7412(h) and 7413(c)(1).

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

October 29, 2010

Thoreen was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to pay a $4,000 federal fine.

January 7, 2011

Roempke was sentenced to 30 days incarceration, 36 months probation and ordered to pay a $50,000 federal fine and a $50,000 community service payment to the National Environmental Education Foundation.

Neureiter was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day incarceration followed by 36 months supervised release.

Asbestos Remediation Violations in Seattle 

1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Paul Warren Marquardson

W.D.  Washington  91-103S

Paul Warren Marquardson was one of several members of a partnership known as Marquardson Associates which owned and operated the Cornelius Apartments in Seattle, Washington.

April 23, 1991

Marquardson was charged and pled guilty to violations of the Clean Air Act as a result of stripping asbestos insulation from the building boiler room without providing proper notice prior to removal of asbestos from a facility component - 42 U.S.C. 7412(c)(1)(B) and (c)(1)(C).

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

July 13, 1991

Marquardson was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

 Asbestos Remediation Violations in Seattle

FISCAL YEAR:              1997



W.D.  Washington  CR96-CO439C

2. DEFENDANT: Michael Dempsey

W.D.  Washington  CR96-CO439C

3. DEFENDANT: Robert Sacco

W.D.  Washington  CR96-CO439C


Odom Corp. was a wholesale beverage distributor in Seattle, Washington. Sacco was Odom's former operations manager and Dempsey was Odom's former warehouse manager. The defendants illegally removed and disposed of an asbestos wall covering from the company's warehouse. Sacco and Dempsey directed employees to carry out the removal at the warehouse without complying with safe work practices specified in EPA regulations.


February 7, 1996

The three defendants were each charged with one ocunt of violating the CAA {42 U.S.C. 7413 - knowingly violates}.

STATUTE: 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(4)

August 15, 1996

Sacco and Dempsey pled guilty to the count against them.

August 19, 1996

Odom pled guilty to the charge against them.

November 15, 1996

Dempsey was sentenced to 36 months probation. Odom was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to pay a $200,000 fine.

December 6, 1996

Sacco was sentenced to six months incarceration, 36 months probation and fined $3,000.

Asbestos Remediation Violations in Seattle

FISCAL YEAR:              1993


1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Pacific Northwest Terminals

W.D.  Washington  CR 93-2009FDB


W.D.  Washington  CR 93-2009FDB


On June 27, 1989, the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency received information about the illegal removal and abandonment of asbestos by Pacific Northwest Terminals, at their former location in Tacoma, Washington. An inspection of the former Pacific Northwest Terminal site revealed evidence of violations of the CAA. Ellis Kiser, the owner of Pacific Northwest Terminals, a tallow storage facility in Tacoma, Washington, directed the illegal removal and abandonment of substantial quantities of asbestos at this former facility.


August 1, 1993

An Information was filed charging Kiser and Pacific Northwest Terminals with one count of violating the CAA {42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(1) - knowingly violates}. On that same date Kiser and the corporation entered guilty pleas to the charges set forth in the information.

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

March 19, 1993

Pacific Northwest Terminals was sentenced 12 months probation, a fine of $10,000 and ordered to make restitution to the Port of Tacoma in the amount of $17,120. Kiser was sentenced to six months home detention, 12 months probation and fined $2,000.

Naturally-occurring asbestos found in Sumas River downstream of Swift Creek


Release date: 07/20/2009

Contact Information: Ellie Hale, EPA/Seattle, 206-553-1215, Mark MacIntyre, EPA/Seattle, 206-553-7302


(Seattle, Wash. - July 20, 2009) Naturally-occurring asbestos has been carried downstream of Swift Creek and along the banks of the Sumas River, according to samples recently collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The asbestos comes from a landslide on Sumas Mountain that deposits asbestos-laden sediment into Swift Creek, the focus of previous health and environmental studies.

The EPA’s sampling revealed asbestos and several metals in water, bank sediments, and recent flood deposits in Whatcom County, north of Swift Creek and approaching the Canadian Border. EPA has shared the study results with local property owners, the local and state health departments, the Washington Department of Ecology, and officials in Canada where the Sumas River continues northward.

“These asbestos levels deserve close attention,” said Dan Opalski, Director of EPA’s Superfund Cleanup Office in Seattle. “The new data will enable agencies to make important health recommendations so local families make informed decisions to protect themselves.”

The samples taken from the Sumas riverbank showed higher concentrations of asbestos than previous samples of Swift Creek dredged material. Concentrations ranged up to 27 percent asbestos along the Sumas riverbank.

The Whatcom County Health Department and Washington Department of Health have sent an advisory to residents and property owners along the Sumas River. The advisory outlines measures people can take to limit their exposure to asbestos in water, sediment and flood deposits.

Agencies including Whatcom County Health Department and Whatcom County Public Works, state departments of Health, Ecology, and Labor and Industries, and federal Army Corps of Engineers, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and EPA are coordinating resources and information to address this problem for both the near term and long term.

Engineering options – including building a structure that would control sediment near the landslide – are being considered. The situation may also call for changes to local land use planning.

Washington Developer Faces Asbestos Indictment


Release date: 10/20/1997

Contact Information: Jeff Philip
(206) 553-1465 1-800-424-4EPA

On Oct. 2, Gundhart Fleischer was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle with six counts of violating the Clean Air Act for the alleged illegal removal of asbestos containing material. Fleischer planned a new complex of buildings, which could not proceed until an older structure, the Seavue Theater in Blaine, Wash., was demolished and abatement had been conducted on asbestos containing material inside and outside the theater. Fleischer took bids for the proper removal of asbestos and discussed the matter with several local officials responsible for granting him a demolition permit.

Fleischer allegedly attempted to remove the asbestos using his employees, who were not given proper respiratory protection or training for the safe removal of asbestos. Exposure to asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer and a respiratory disease known as "asbestosis." This case was investigated by EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the State of Washington Environmental Crimes Task Force.



Release date: 12/11/98

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Gary Clinch was indicted on Dec. 2, by a grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle for two felony violations of the federal Clean Air Act. It is alleged that Clinch directed the unlawful removal of approximately 6,000 square feet of asbestos-containing ceiling material at an apartment complex in Longview, Wash. It is further alleged that Clinch subsequently dumped the material in a field adjacent to the low-income housing complex, and it was discovered that children were playing in the asbestos prior to its being found by local authorities. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can cause a lung disease known as Aasbestosis@ as well as mesothelioma, which is a cancer of the chest and abdominal cavities. Contractors who properly removed asbestos material at another part of the complex provided Clinch with an estimate of the cost for clearing the remaining area, but Clinch declined to utilize their services. This case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division.



Release date: 08/24/96

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On Aug. 20, Odom Corp. of Seattle, Wash., a wholesale beverage distributor, and two of its former managers pleaded guilty to criminally violating the Clean Air Act (CAA) by ordering company employees to illegally remove asbestos wall covering material at a warehouse located in Seattle. Robert Sacco, Odom's former operations manager, and Michael Dempsey, the company's former warehouse manager, each pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating the CAA. Sacco and Dempsey admitted that on Feb. 16, they directed employees to carry out the removal at the warehouse without complying with the safe work practices specified in EPA regulations. In a separate proceeding, Odom Corp. entered a guilty plea to a criminal charge that it negligently caused the release of asbestos into the air and thereby negligently placed individuals in imminent danger of serious bodily injury. As part of the plea agreement, Odom has agreed to pay a fine of $200,000. Sentencing is scheduled to take place on Oct. 25. The case was investigated by special agents of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division with assistance from the Puget Sound Air Control Agency.

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