2006 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 17 Feb 2006 17:49:33 -0000
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Louisiana landfill closed
Corps closes landfill over asbestos fears
EPA says grinding may release fibers 

By Mark Schleifstein
New Orleans Times-Picayune
February 17, 2006

The Army Corps of Engineers temporarily shut down the Empire Landfill on
Thursday afternoon after the Environmental Protection Agency questioned
whether asbestos was being released into the air by the grinding of
unsorted construction waste at the site. 

In a letter to the Corps, an EPA regulator warned that "regulated
asbestos-containing material," such as roofing tiles or siding
containing asbestos, cannot be subjected to grinding because asbestos
fibers can be released into the air. The asbestos waste also may not be
disposed of in a construction debris landfill that is not compliant with
federal air pollution regulations, the letter said. 

The Corps responded to the letter by saying it had ordered grinding
halted at the landfill on Tuesday and that debris hauled to the Empire
site by Corps contractors hasn't included asbestos-containing waste. 


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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