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with an asbestos removal project on a rental house at 850 El Dorado Ave.
in Klamath Falls last April.
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DEQ issued a $10,219 penalty to Klamath Falls-based Orchard in restoring,
Hill Investments LLC for allowing unlicensed workers to remove maintaining
asbestos-containing siding on the residential rental property the company the quality of
owned. DEQ issued a separate $6,000 penalty to Head Painting & Oregon's air,
Concrete Inc., of 3609 Highway 39, Klamath Falls, for conducting an land and water.
asbestos abatement project without being licensed to perform such work.
DEQ also cited Orchard Hill Investments and Head Painting & Concrete
for openly accumulating the asbestos containing waste material removed
from the rental house, but did not issue penalties for these violations.
In April 2011, Orchard Hill Investments allowed employees of
Head Painting & Concrete to remove about 900 square feet of cement
asbestos board siding from the house. The removal crushed and
pulverized the siding. This activity possibly released harmful asbestos
fibers into the atmosphere. Asbestos fibers are a respiratory hazard
proven to cause lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, and asbestos is
a danger to public health and a hazardous air contaminant for which there
is no known safe level of exposure.
Neither Head Painting & Concrete nor its employees are licensed
by DEQ to perform asbestos abatement projects. A contractor licensed to
handle asbestos would have known to take steps to properly remove,
contain and dispose of the asbestos so that asbestos fibers would not pose
harm to humans or the environment during and after the siding removal.
DEQ noted that Head Painting & Concrete allowed a portion of
the removed asbestos material to be stored unpackaged and on the ground
both at the residential property at 850 El Dorado Ave. and also at its
facility at 3609 Highway 39. DEQ further noted that Orchard Hill
Investments allowed unpackaged asbestos to accumulate at its property
on El Dorado Avenue before a licensed asbestos contractor properly
disposed of it.
Both Orchard Hill Investments LLC and Head Painting &
Concrete have until Dec. 12 to appeal their penalties.