Asbestos removal at La Habra Heights City Hall nearly completed
LA HABRA HEIGHTS >> Until recently, the city was under impression that all the asbestos in the old City Hall was removed, then a layer of it was found under the roof.
So, a second round of removal is taking place and is scheduled to finished by Friday, according to the project manager for the firm hired to remove it.
Work was delayed abo Toms Outlet Online ut two weeks when asbestos was found in the lower portions in roofs of two of the buildings at City Hall. The removal is expected to cost an estimated $60,000, although that figure could be lower, said Dave Nichols, the city public works manager.
The work began on Jan. after their plan was approved by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
On Wednesday, workers from Paramount based Resource Environmental were removing pieces of roof that also contain asbestos. The materials go into double lined bags that are then placed in a large bin. It will be shipped to Azusa Reclamation, said Ernie Valdez, project manager for the company.
pulling it up layer by layer and bagging it, Valdez said. double bagged and goes into the bin. They also have personal monitors to determine the air they breathing. The two roofs also are sealed up with plastic tarps.
There also are four pumps to check for air quality, said David Tillema, senior project manager for Laguna Niguel based Pacific Environmental.
mimicking what we breathe over an eight hour period, Tillema said. workers have personal pumps. It goes over their shoulder and breathes what they breath. It tells us how much exposure they getting.
So far, the level of fibers fr Toms Outlet Online om asbestos is lower than you would find naturally occurring in downtown Los Angeles, Tillema said.
The project has raised concerns among some La Habra Heights activists. Complaints were made to AQMD, which has sent inspectors on a nearly daily basis to the work site.
AQMD officials in December found no asbestos on the site following removal of it from the floor and boiler area.
But in January, it was determined there was asbestos in the lower portions of the roof that needed to be removed.
George Edwards, who has sued the city to stop the project, said the AQMD investigation was faulty. Edwa Toms Outlet Online rds said he was concerned about the safety of children at the nearby Height Toms Outlet Online s Christian Preschool.
But Mohsen Nazeni, deputy executive officer for AQMD, said Edwards doesn understand his agency role.
don know if he has a good grasp of what this agency does, Nazeni said.
AQMD job is to make sure that the asbestos removal project is being done safely.
not our job to inspect facility to find where asbestos is, he said. you don remove asbestos and leave it in place, there is no danger. It only dangerous when you start stir up the material that could get in the air.