New Mexico contractor to pay penalty for violations
during dorm demolition
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
and Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced that an Albuquerque,
New Mexico contractor has agreed to pay a $225,000 penalty under
a consent judgment for asbestos air quality violations. The violations
occurred during the 2007 demolition of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
school dormitory in Holbrook.
In May 2007, a subcontractor for Gerald A. Martin Ltd., a New
Mexico corporation, began demolition of the dormitory. As the
general contractor that was responsible for overseeing the demolition
activities, Gerald A. Martin Ltd. was required to ensure compliance
with asbestos removal and handling procedures prior to the demolition
of the building. In August 2007, analysis revealed that materials
containing asbestos were disturbed during the demolition of the
In August 2007, ADEQ issued an Order of Abatement to Gerald A.
Martin Ltd. requiring compliance with state and federal asbestos
air quality requirements. After consulting with ADEQ on measures
to reduce the health risks associated with the removal of the
contaminated debris, Gerald A. Martin Ltd. reportedly spent more
than $900,000 handling and disposing of the asbestos in the demolition
debris in accordance with approved procedures. All of the demolition
debris was removed by Nov. 7, 2007.
The consent judgment is subject to court approval.