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Lampasas self-reports possible asbestos violation

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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 6:37 pm

LAMPASAS — The city self-reported a possible asbestos violation to the Texas Department of Health last Wednesday, officials said during a Lampasas City Council meeting Monday.

During a previous meeting, resident Heath Eckermann asked if an asbestos survey was done on a recently destroyed city-owned building on Spring Street. He said he had requested information from the city several times, but had not received any.

The council subsequently requested a follow-up on the issue and sent a letter to the health department requesting clarification on if the regulations applied, since the building was a single-home family dwelling.

“During renovation and repair of the Spring Street Pump Station and Ground Storage Tank, the city utilized multiple contractors, and in some cases, city personnel was used to keep costs down,” a city report said. “Because city crews were mobilized at the site, we took advantage of available manpower and equipment to demolish the house.”

The city requested that, if found in violation, the state department ligate any penalties through training, orientation and education of city staff.

City Manager Finley DeGraffenried said the building was around 11,000 square feet, and that the city has performed several other in-regulation demolitions. The process usually cost a thousand to several thousand dollars, he said, but it was hard to estimate because the price tag depends on how much asbestos surveyors find.

The city has not yet heard back the the health department.

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in rocks and soils, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website, and is incorporated into many building materials, manufactured goods and heat-resistant coatings. The EPA began regulating the material in 1992 to decrease the public’s exposure to its major effects as a carcinogenic. Increased exposure causes lung disease and forms of lung cancer, the website said.

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