Demolition News

130 flood-prone NC homes set for demolition under FEMA program

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) — Several properties prone to flooding across the state are going to be demolished as part of a FEMA program to cut down future flood damage costs.  Joe Martin’s been through Hurricanes Matthew and Florence at his Cumberland County home.  “Matthew was easy. Florence was the one that really got us,” […]

Margaritaville! Not so fast in Atlanta.

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — A building that sits at 152 Nassau Street in downtown Atlanta has been partially demolished, but a stop work order placed on the site has its future hanging in legal limbo. Demo crews began wrecking things Thursday, August 8th, at a historic recording studio known for producing some of country music’s […]

Seattle Viaduct demolition reaches dramatic phase just feet from Pioneer Square buildings

| Demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is reaching Pioneer Square, where crews will work within 10-to-20 feet of buildings…. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) More Demolition at the Alaskan Way Viaduct is approaching its most suspenseful point, when teams will demolish the four blocks of road decks next to Pioneer Square buildings […]

Preservationists urge Atlanta to stop demolition of downtown buildings for Margaritaville project

Preservationists are still stewing over plans to raze a historic building downtown to make way for a high-rise Margaritaville resort. Preservationist group Historic Atlanta last week sent a letter to City of Atlanta officials demanding a “stop-work order” be issued to prevent the demolition of 152 Nassau Street, where the first hit country music record […]

Three companies suspended from Detroit’s demolition program

Three companies — one of which performs the lion’s share of asbestos removal from blighted homes across Detroit — have been suspended indefinitely from the city’s demolition program and are the subject of an investigation examining possible conflicts of interest. The Detroit Office of Inspector General is probing whether the owner of a Warren-based abatement company, […]

Hazmat & Government News

State fines asbestos firm, months after union protested demolition at shuttered GM plant

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has fined the company removing asbestos from the former General Motors plant near Newport, saying it was unsafely disposing of the cancer-causing material.  In a violation notice, Delaware’s chief environmental regulator, Shawn Garvin, stated the Pennsylvania company was removing the asbestos in a way that caused “large amounts […]

Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM) and Demolition

  National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Asbestos There are specific federal regulatory requirements that require the identification of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in many of the residential buildings that are being demolished or renovated by a municipality. There may also be state and local regulations that apply to the identification of such […]

U.S. Department of Labor Kicks Off Safe + Sound Week on August 12

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will join businesses and organizations nationwide to recognize the importance and successes of workplace safety and health programs during Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18, 2019. The week-long event encourages employers to implement workplace safety initiatives, and highlight workers’ contributions to […]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that a clean-up project costing taxpayers three-quarters of a million dollars was finally complete.

OTSEGO, Mich. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that a clean-up project costing taxpayers three-quarters of a million dollars was finally complete. Buildings at the former Rock-Tenn paper mill in Otsego were demolished after deadly asbestos contaminants were found inside. The demolition project started April 1 and finished July 2, 2019. Paul Ruesch, […]

Debris begins to settle after the demolition of the basic oxygen plant on March 9, Bringing on a Lawsuit

GONE IN A CLOUD OF DUST — Debris begins to settle after the demolition of the basic oxygen plant on March 9. — File photo WEIRTON WV — Using explosives to bring the old Weirton Steel Corp. basic oxygen steel plant to the ground was cheaper, but exposed residents living nearby to toxic elements and […]