Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
: Oct. 24, 2013
Global Pacific Environmental fined $31,128 for asbestosremoval violations
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued penalties totaling $31,128 to Global PacificEnvironmental, Inc. for violations related to an asbestos removal project at a burned-out and partiallydemolished commercial building in Dallas, Ore. The company failed to provide DEQ with accurateinformation about the project and improperly disposed of asbestos-containing debris. Global Pacific alsoviolated the terms of a conditional exemption granted by DEQ that allowed the company to avoidbuilding a negative pressure enclosure during abatement operations.Asbestos contractors are required to use water to wet asbestos-containing materials and asbestoscontaminated debris to reduce the risk of releasing dangerous asbestos fibers during cleanup.However, a DEQ inspector visited the project site and was told by the company’s site supervisor that nowater was available. The inspector observed that workers had handled dry debris and had no viablemethod of applying water. DEQ assessed a $5,400 penalty for this violation.The inspector also found unpackaged piles of contaminated debris, despite legal requirements topackage and store all asbestos-containing waste material in leak-proof containers. DEQ assessed a$13,728 penalty for this violation.Without wetting, proper packaging and strict adherence to the cleanup methodology Global PacificEnvironmental proposed to DEQ, a negative-air enclosure was required to minimize the risk of releasingdangerous asbestos fibers. The company did not construct an enclosure. DEQ assessed a $12,000penalty for this violation.The company was also cited but not assessed a penalty for the following violations:
Global Pacific Environmental submitted notification to DEQ on Mar. 11 about the project andindicated a demolition start date of Mar. 26. However, work did not begin until April 8.
The company incorrectly listed itself as the waste hauler of the asbestos-containing waste material .
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