DEQ: Multnomah County, contractor fined for asbestos work at N Portland home

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Posted: May 19, 2022 / 11:29 AM PDT

Updated: May 19, 2022 / 11:33 AM PDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined Multnomah County and a contractor for allegedly failing to adhere to asbestos information protocols erstwhile moving connected a North Portland home.

The fines were issued connected April 25 aft the authorities bureau said the region fto an unlicensed contractor, Aladdin Heating & Air Conditioning, enactment connected asbestos removal astatine 6847 N Maryland Avenue.

The region besides didn’t person an accredited inspector cheque for the cancer-causing worldly anterior to opening the work, according to DEQ.

In its missive to Multnomah County, DEQ officials said the authorities sent down the civilian punishment due to the fact that the violations “could person released asbestos fibers into the aerial and exposed workers oregon the homeowner to asbestos.”

Asbestos is simply a known carcinogen; it has been proven to origin mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. There is nary known “safe level” of exposure.

DEQ requires anyone moving with asbestos to spell done circumstantial grooming and licensing. Aladdin Heating & Air Conditioning did not person that license, officials said.

Multnomah County was fined $3,211 and the contractor was fined $2,200.

This was conscionable 1 of several alleged biology violations the bureau announced connected Thursday:

  • Banyan Tree Investments, LLC, was fined $7,200 for allegedly allowing an unlicensed idiosyncratic to enactment connected asbestos abatement astatine C-Bar successful SE Portland. The contractor, Zien Phan, was fined $19,200.
  • The authorities accused the City of Vernonia of dumping untreated sewage and stormwater into Rock Creek and the Nehalem River. The metropolis was fined $7,800.
  • A Tualatin company, Thomas & Son Distributors, was fined $36,000 aft DEQ said it spilled much than 2 twelve gallons of diesel substance into Hedges Creek and adjacent wetlands.
  • In Tillamook, authorities officials said Farm Power Tillamook violated its aerial prime licence by failing to decently pain biogas vented into the atmosphere. The good totaled $20,369.
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