EPA Fines Hanford Contractor For Asbestos Violations

By Anna King

The U.S. Department of Energy faces a 115-thousand-dollar fine for the way a contractor handled asbestos at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. The alleged violations happened during building demolitions in 2009 and 2010 when federal stimulus money sped-up deconstruction projects. Dennis Faulk , a manager with the EPA, says the federal contractor failed to document and label truck shipments of asbestos debris.

Dennis Faulk: “The people handling the disposal end of the operations are not aware of certain hazards. And so if they had known that they would have handled the waste a little bit differently.”

The federal contractor -- CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company -- issued a statement that it’s committed to conducting its work in a safe, compliant manner. The Energy department has 15 days to dispute the alleged violations.

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