Alaska asbestos contractor agrees to pay nearly $20,000
Coldfoot Environmental Services, Inc., an asbestos abatement
and demolition contractor in Anchorage, Alaska, has agreed
to pay a $5,100 penalty and perform a community service
project to settle with the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) for alleged violations of the asbestos National
Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (asbestos
In August 2007 and April 2008, EPA conducted asbestos
compliance inspections at three Alaska demolition sites
– Harborview Hospital and Public Warehouse #2 in Valdez,
and the Subport Building in Juneau. The results of those
inspections found that Coldfoot failed to update their
written notices when the official start dates had changed,
making it more difficult for EPA’s inspector to arrive
at the right time to observe the projects. At the hospital
job-site in Valdez, the contractor expanded the project
to include an additional 75,000 square feet of regulated
asbestos debris in the crawlspace, again without updating
the notice to EPA.
In addition to paying the fine, Coldfoot will perform
a supplemental environmental project valued at $14,800.
The project requires Coldfoot to remove asbestos insulation
from a boiler and piping in a building owned by a local
nonprofit theater group located in Anchorage, Alaska.
The theater group lacks funds to safely remove the asbestos.
Federal regulations require a thorough inspection of
a facility for the presence of asbestos prior to any
demolition or renovation activity. Contractors are required
to remove and dispose of the material according to certain
requirements such as, carefully handling, bagging and
labeling of wastes, and properly disposing of them at