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October 31, 2019

Methane leak in Brighton worries homeowners

Source: https://www.whec.com, October 30, 2019
By: Kaci Jones

There’s a smelly situation out in Brighton. Homeowners on Howland Avenue say there’s an odor in the air making them sick. It’s been there for a couple days. Neighbors have been worried it could be something toxic.

News10NBC learned the root of the problem. Aces Energy and Frey Drilling installed a geothermal well behind Jeremiah Green’s home.  Read more.

September 9, 2019

An inside look at a failed roofing repair

Source: https://www.constructiondive.com, August 14, 2019
By: Kim Slowey

Dive Brief:

  • San Diego State University, inewsource reported, mishandled a $2 million renovation of its College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts building to the point that a former OSHA official called the project, which ended up shutting down the building because of released toxins in the air, “a case study in how not to do projects.”
  • The renovation was supposed to start last summer, but SDSU failed to secure the proper permits in time, so the schedule was changed so that work would begin in early 2019 when students were on break. After heavy rains, crews used Tremfix to seal the many roof leaks, but an aging and malfunctioning HVAC system failed to clear the building of vapors from the chemicals, which entered through nearby fresh air ducts on the roof. Testing revealed that the level of coal tar pitch volatiles was just under OSHA’s safe limit and above the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s limits, even though crews tried various methods — some disruptive — to remove the fumes. Read more.
August 30, 2019

Engineers put $6 million pricetag on cleanup at Harrisburg wall collapse site

Source: https://www.pennlive.com, August 29, 2019
By: Christine Vendel

Cleanup of the Harrisburg wall collapse site next to the Mulberry Street Bridge in Harrisburg is expected to cost about $6 million, engineers revealed Wednesday, putting a pricetag on the project for the first time. Read more.

August 15, 2019

Heritage Landing Couple Says In $10 Million Lawsuit That Mold In Residence Made Them Sick, House Not Habitable

Source: https://www.chattanoogan.com, August 14, 2019

A couple that bought a condominium at the upscale Heritage Landing on the Tennessee River said mold under the house made them sick and the house no longer habitable.

Tim and Muffy Mitch are suing the Heritage Landing Condominium Association, Morris Property Management, PDM Engineering, Mack McCarley of PDM, Precise Plumbing, Charles Reynolds of Precise Plumbing, Reliable Heating and Air and Alternative Actions, Inc. Read more.

July 2, 2019

Yakima School District files lawsuit against architects, builder over Ike blue wall

Source: https://www.yakimaherald.com, July 1, 2019
By: Janelle Retka

The Yakima School District has filed a lawsuit against the design and construction companies responsible for the blue wall running through Eisenhower High School for alleged breach of contract leading to property damage and substantial repair costs.

The lawsuit filed last month in Yakima County Superior Court names Graham Construction & Management, a Canadian firm with a Seattle office, and Yakima-based KDA Architecture as the defendants.

The architecture firm designed the Eisenhower High School campus, which was completed in 2013 to replace a campus dating back to 1957, and Graham was the contractor. The entire project cost the school district roughly $83 million.

May 30, 2019

Developer to pay $82,000 for mishandling toxic chemicals in Rumford

Source: https://www.providencejournal.com, May 29, 2019
By: Alex Kuffner

The developer of the Phillipsdale Landing complex in Rumford has agreed to an $82,000 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over allegations of mishandling toxic chemicals.

Bourne Holdings, of Pawtucket, agreed to pay the fine to settle allegations of six counts of violating federal regulations for the safe handling and management of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

The case stemmed from an April 2018 inspection in which the EPA documented the improper storage of PCBs and items that came into contact with PCBs. Inspectors with the agency also confirmed that a PCB transformer on the site had been dismantled and that some of the parts had been sold as scrap without being decontaminated.

PCBs are human-made organic chemicals that were manufactured in the United States from 1929 until they were banned in 1979. They were used in hydraulic and electrical equipment, paints, plastics, dyes and industrial devices. They have been tied to cancers in humans and there is evidence that they interfere with the immune and reproductive systems, according to the EPA.

“The violations at Phillipsdale Landing were significant given the quantity and concentration of PCBs involved,” the EPA said in a statement.…

May 21, 2019

Defects in west Denver homes highlight what can happen when development outpaces everything else

Source: https://denverite.com, May 20, 2019
By: Donna Bryson

The ensuing legal tangle calls into question how city building officials ensure that developers can meet the demand for housing — and do it safely.

After the city raised safety concerns so serious that new beams had to be installed to support a row of homes in Villa Park, the owners and their builder joined to sue the engineering company. The engineers in turn blamed the city and a company contracted to review building plans.

The legal tangle spelled out in Denver District Court papers is a matter of life or death for the small building firm and, at the very least, stress for the homeowners and the engineers. It also puts a spotlight on how Community Planning and Development is managing, amid Denver’s building frenzy, to ensure that developers can meet the demand for housing — and do it safely.

The pressure is strong to get permits issued so people can have houses and offices. In a 2017 report, the Denver auditor focused on the building permitting system, noting “Denver is growing quickly, and we want to ensure the process for planning projects is effectively meeting city objectives and efficient for customers.” The auditor’s recommendations on improving efficiency urged reviews to determine whether staffing and resources were sufficient. Safety was not a focus of the report, the most recent to look at permitting.…

May 21, 2019

Ongoing asbestos cleanup forces 2 New Orleans schools to spend another year at temporary spots

Source: https://www.theadvocate.com, May 19, 2019
By: Marta Jewson

Two New Orleans charter schools will spend a second year in temporary facilities as multimillion-dollar asbestos remediation jobs stretch into another school year. The schools — Lafayette Academy in Carrollton and Rosenwald Collegiate Academy in Algiers — had previously been expected to move into their permanent buildings this fall.

In a lawsuit filed Friday, the Orleans Parish School Board claims it has spent $5 million relocating schools and programs as a result of contractors’ mismanagement at Lafayette Academy’s South Carrollton Avenue building, which was closed last summer due to an asbestos release.

The Choice Foundation, which runs Lafayette charter school, is a co-plaintiff in the suit. The foundation says it has spent $1.3 million replacing possibly contaminated furniture and equipment at the campus.

Asbestos, a commonly used building material until the 1980s, is dangerous when its fibers becomes airborne. Many old schools may contain the fire-retardant material in floor tiles and adhesive, ceiling tiles and pipe insulation. It is generally safe unless renovations or other activities disturb the material.…

May 16, 2019

Frantic parents fear for kids after radioactive contamination found at Ohio middle school

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com, May 16, 2019
By: Safia Samee Ali

“It’s so scary that my child has been exposed to this because I have no idea how it’s going to affect him,” one mother said.

Ashley Day has always worried about the health risks of living a few miles from a defunct nuclear power plant in Piketon, Ohio. So, when her son Kendon came home Monday and told her school had been canceled for the rest of the year, she had a sinking feeling there was a connection.

A few hours later, her fears were confirmed: The Scioto Valley Local School District declared in a letter that Zahn’s Corner Middle School would be shut down for the remainder of the school year because of possible radioactive contamination from the nearby Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which the federal Department of Energy is in the process of decommissioning.

“I felt anxiety, anger, and paranoia all at once,” she said. “It’s so scary that my child has been exposed to this because I have no idea how it’s going to affect him.”

The district said enriched uranium and neptunium-237, highly carcinogenic radioactive chemicals, were detected not only inside the building but also at a Department of Energy air monitor adjacent to the school.…

April 18, 2019

Architects dropped from public housing lawsuit over mold

Source: https://www.seacoastonline.com, April 18, 2019
By: Elizabeth Dinanc

An architectural firm has been dropped from a lawsuit alleging faulty construction caused mold in apartments at the Wamesit Place public housing complex, while a related suit is ongoing at Superior Court, and the dispute is scheduled for mediation.

The lawsuit was filed by Portsmouth attorney John Bosen, on behalf of the Wamesit Place Family Housing Limited Partnership, and claims mold remediation at the apartments has required a “massive” amount of work and the temporary relocation of some residents. The Portsmouth Housing Authority manages the 100-unit Wamesit Place apartments on Greenleaf Avenue and its director Craig Welch previously told the Portsmouth Herald he can’t discuss ongoing litigation, but would say no residents’ health is at risk.

In a joint statement, filed with the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, Bosen and attorney Clara Lyons for Portland Builders Inc. reported that allegations previously brought against Goduti-Thomas Architects were “entirely dismissed.”…