Demolition News

Cleanup of troubled contaminated plutonium plant falls months behind schedule 42 workers were contaminated last year.

Demolition of Hanford’s highly contaminated Plutonium Finishing Plant will not restart this month as expected. So far Hanford regulators have approved the Department of Energy only to load up and haul away contaminated rubble at the plant after a spread of radioactive contamination halted high hazard work at the plant in December 2017. All involved […]

$10.9 million in demolition, renovations planned for East St. Louis public housing

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson formally returned the East St. Louis Housing Authority to local control in 2017. By McClatchy New construction, renovations and demolition are among $10.9 million in planned work on public housing following a critical few years for East St. Louis Housing Authority. Ben Carson, head of the U.S. […]

Seattle’s big demolition spectacle: How crews plan to pulverize the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Visitors to the Seattle waterfront will hear the crunch of breaking concrete this February, while demolition equipment pivots through clouds of dust and mist, flexing spiked jaws that will munch the six-story-high columns and slice through steel Rebar. Briefings on Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition Three neighborhood briefings by WSDOT and Kiewit are scheduled: Tuesday: 5 […]

Demolition of shuttered Boxwood GM plant brings hope of new Delaware jobs

Sheet metal and concrete crumbled this week as a nearly yearlong demolition began of the former General Motors plant near Newport DE. It is the first significant sign of life in years at the long-shuttered facility on Boxwood Road, stirring hope that the 142-acre property could again become an anchor for Delaware jobs – even […]

Rauch, businesses face illegal dumping charges

A series of indictments have been handed down that allege illegal dumping involving a prominent Dayton-area businessman.Steve R. Rauch Inc. President Steve R. Rauch is being charged in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court with a number of felonies. One of his managers and two of his businesses are also charged in the indictments. The indictment […]

Hazmat & Government News

Controlling dust, noise priority in Seattle Viaduct demolition

SEATTLE, Wash. — As the new Highway 99 Tunnel opens to traffic in February, demolition will get underway on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. It will cost $75 million dollars to tear down the more than 60-year-old structure. The viaduct will soon become part of a former Seattle, making way for a new waterfront and park. […]

Domicology recognizes the cyclical nature of the built environment. Ultimately we’re imagining a world where no building has to be demolished.

Rex LaMore, Michigan State University; George H. Berghorn, Michigan State University, and M.G. Matt Syal, Michigan State University (THE CONVERSATION) Detroit has been demolishing about 200 vacant houses per week since December 2014, with a goal to take down6,000 houses in one year. Much of the demolition work is concentrated in about 20 neighborhoods where […]

U.S. Department of Labor Issues FINAL RULE For Crane Operators Certification Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule today that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment. The final rule will maintain safety and health protections for workers while reducing compliance […]

EPA Enforcement Actions Help Protect Vulnerable Communities from Lead-Based Paint Health Hazards

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced 141 federal enforcement actions completed over the last year to ensure that entities like renovation contractors, landlords, property managers, realtors and others comply with rules that protect the public from exposure to lead from lead-based paint. Exposure to lead dust, chips or debris from lead-based […]

As Libby Asbestos Cleanup Gets Done, the Dying Continues

LIBBY – The houses and yards and businesses are cleaned up. The so-called stigma of Superfund designation is fast fading. The Cabinet Mountains and the crystalline waters of the Kootenai River beckon visitors and even new residents. And if not for the slow-motion horror of the plague on this place, Libby, self-titled City of Eagles, […]