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Dick Corp. fined for air-pollution violation



Published: Wed, April 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Samples at the demolition site showed the presence of asbestos.

THE VINDICATOR, YOUNGSTOWN

YOUNGSTOWN -- Improper procedures during demolition of a bank drive-through in downtown Youngstown last summer will cost Pittsburgh-based Dick Corp. $15,000 in penalties.

The company agreed to pay $3,000 to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and $12,000 to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to settle an administrative enforcement case.

The announcement of the settlement was made in Columbus.

Here was problem: Dick failed to notify the Mahoning-Trumbull Air Pollution Control Agency, a contractual representative of Ohio EPA, before beginning a regulated demolition of the building last July. Debris samples at the demolition site, 150 E. Commerce St., confirmed that asbestos was present.

Because of the demolition, investigators could not determine how much asbestos had been in the building.

Asbestos breaks up into small fibers that can become airborne, which poses a health risk. Since the violation was noted, Dick has properly disposed of the construction debris.

Money paid to Ohio EPA was due March 25, 14 days after the orders were issued. Those funds will benefit the Ohio Environmental Education Fund and air pollution control programs.

Money owed the Department of Natural resources is due April 11 and will be used for urban area tree-planting projects.




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