Demolition News

Al Capone bootleg brewery in South Loop set for demolition

Demolition was expected to begin next Tuesday on a South Loop building that records and historic information show once served as a bootleg brewery for Al Capone. A demolition permit was granted for July 11, giving the building’s current owner permission to demolish buildings in the 2200 block of South Lumber Street, near West Cermak […]

Dayton Mayor calls for end to Good Sam disabling and demolition, pending government investigation

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s only a matter of days until Good Samaritan Hospital closes its doors, and the federal government has now stepped in and is investigating the upcoming closure of Good Samaritan Hospital. In the wake of this, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is calling on Premier Health to delay its future plans of […]

Firm picked for Racine WI Water Street area demolition, cleanup

RACINE — The demolition and cleanup of nearly 27 acres of old, industrial Downtown properties will soon commence to create a clear redevelopment area and refurbished riverfront. The demolition bids for the Water Street Redevelopment Area — including what was once called Machinery Row — were opened Friday morning. The low bidder was Veit & […]

Rising recycled metal prices could spur bridge demolition

BENWOOD, W.Va. The rising prices for recycled metal could lead the demolition of an abandoned bridge in West Virginia. The Intelligencer of Wheeling reports the privately-owned Bellaire Bridge has been the subject of a long-running legal dispute. Benwood officials have wanted the bridge to come down. But the owner has declared bankruptcy. The city has […]

Demolition on freeway connector ramp in Long Beach, part of replacement project for Gerald Desmond Bridge.

Demolition work began on a major freeway connector ramp in Long Beach, part of the replacement project for the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge. Several large excavators equipped with jackhammers and claws are tearing down the elevated ramp that connects eastbound Ocean Boulevard to the northbound 710 Freeway. The demolition marks the project’s final long-term road […]

Hazmat & Government News

Home demolitions in Detroit may create new problem: Lead-tainted dust

The nation’s largest home-demolition program, which has torn down more than 14,000 vacant houses across Detroit, may have inadvertently created a new problem by spreading lead-contaminated dust through some of the city’s many hollowed-out neighborhoods. Health officials are concerned that crushing walls covered with lead paint generates dust that can settle on nearby homes or […]


CHARACTERIZATION OF BUILDING-RELATED CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS IN THE UNITED STATES Prepared for The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Municipal and Industrial Solid Waste Division Office of Solid Waste Executive Summary INTRODUCTION The purpose of this report is to characterize the quantity and composition of building- related construction and demolition (C&D) debris generated in the United […]

Johnson & Johnson must shell out $4.7B after baby powder tainted with asbestos blamed for causing cancer

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded nearly $4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer in the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder. The jury announced the […]

Emergency Removal Action of Asbestos from the MacMillan Ring Free Oil Superfund Site in Norphlet, Arkansas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is initiating an emergency response action to remove asbestos from the MacMillan Superfund Site in Norphlet, Arkansas. The EPA, in consultation with the State of Arkansas and the City of Norphlet, intends to start the accelerated removal action of the asbestos-impacted areas. This action, taken early in the Superfund […]

Detroit’s demolition program under fire for lack of diversity

Detroit’s blight remediation effort has been fueled by more than $148 million in federal dollars but a Free Press analysis shows that only 26% of the work has gone to minority-owned companies and among them, only one black-owned company has received a substantial slice of the nation’s largest federally funded demolition program. In a city […]