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Asbestos law violations during apartment renovation result in fines

The four parties involved in an apartment renovation in Oregon last December were fined after improperly handling asbestos, the Statesman Journal stated on June 12.

According to reports, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) ordered an apartment owner, its property manager, and two contractors to settle a fine totaling $36,800 in connection to an apartment repair conducted at 677 E. Main Street. The contractor responsible for the water damage repair recklessly discarded debris later found to contain asbestos fibers. The firm hired to remove asbestos from the apartment was heavily fined after failing to implement a negative pressure system in the process and for failure to provide a copy of an asbestos survey report on the site. The apartment owner and the property manager were also fined for failing to have the apartment inspected for asbestos prior to renovations. The DEQ stated that the asbestos violations might have exposed workers and residents to dangerous asbestos fibers.

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