Excavator fined forstirring up dust from Minneapolis building

  • Article by: Paul Walsh , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 29, 2014 - 9:30 PM

A Minneapolis demolition company has paid a fine for sending clouds of dust into nearby businesses from the portion of a late-1800s Warehouse District building that excavators knew contained asbestos.

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blorangeJan. 29, 14 9:16 AM

It seems cheaper to pay the fine than to decontaminate these buildings properly.

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psc56stribJan. 29, 14 9:50 AM

Proper asbestos removal and disposal is very expensive. It is hard to believe the contractor didn't know exactly what they were doing. At worse, the fine would be far less than the cost of proper removal and disposal. At best, the violation would be overlooked or ignored.

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stingballJan. 29, 1411:15 AM

I'm sure the contractor knew he was not properly disposing of the asbestos but felt he might be able to get away with it, and even if caught the fine would be much less than it would cost to properly dispose of it. So it was just a business decision to him. Unfortunate that a decision regarding whether of not to release toxic, hazardous materials into the environment comes down to dollars and cents instead of what's the right thing to do.

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davehougJan. 29, 1411:51 AM

So what should have been done? Use more than one fire hose???

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holmescity49Jan. 29, 1412:54 PM

The MPCA said a pile of material containing asbestos laid there for 4 days before being removed. If the MPCA agent saw this, why didn't they enforce its removal in a timely manner, rather than let it pollute the area? Leaving pollutants exposed and not saying anything so they can prove their point 4 days later is not proper or rational.

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