Winslow, Arizona Fined for Asbestos Violations
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In September 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
ordered the city of Winslow, Arizona, to pay a $240,400 penalty for alleged
violations of the Clean Air Act regarding asbestos.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona is currently reviewing a
proposed consent order which will resolve a 2007 complaint against the city, the
city’s former administrator and the owner of an apartment building complex for
their roles in the alleged unlawful demolition activities.
After the city declared the complex as uninhabitable in 2002, four of the
nine buildings were demolished. The EPA investigation alleged the defendants did
not follow the applicable laws regarding the removal of asbestos-containing materials (ASM)
before the demolition took place.
The alleged violations included prior notification and inspection of
buildings for ASM, failure to notify the Arizona Department of Environmental
Quality, failure to properly remove ACM at the demolition site, failure to
dispose of ACM in a manner that would prevent ACM fibers from being released
into the air and failure to keep required waste shipment records for ACM.
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