DEQ fines contractor $437K for asbestos abatement violations in Portland area

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined a contractor nearly $437,000 for violating asbestos regulations on more than 100 projects, mainly in the Portland area, the agency reported Wednesday.

DEQ also revoked the asbestos license of Oregon Environmental.

DEQ conducted a year-long investigation in Oregon Environmental’s operations and reported repeated violations by the company.

The violations, according to DEQ, include failing to submit required notifications to DEQ for at least 110 asbestos abatement projects, failing to conduct required air clearance sampling or submit the results of that sampling after completing at least 32 abatement projects, failing to dispose of asbestos from at least 100 projects at an authorized waste disposal site, submitting false or inaccurate documentation to DEQ, including in its last two asbestos license renewal applications.

The total fine is $436,804.

“Asbestos fibers cause lung cancer and other illnesses. There is no known safe level of exposure. To protect public health, DEQ requires training and certifications for those who handle materials containing asbestos and conducts inspections of notified asbestos projects to determine compliance,” according to Oregon DEQ.

Oregon Environmental has until July 23 to appeal the violations. The company has been a licensed asbestos contractor in Oregon since 2014.

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