Silt companies burned with asbestos fines |

Silt companies burned with asbestos fines

Lynn Burton
Post Independent Staff

The Colorado Department of Health has fined two Silt companies a total of $6,520 for violating state demolition and asbestos removal regulations.

The demolition occurred at 110 S. 7th St. on Jan. 3, according to an assessment of civil penalty the Colorado Department of Health issued Wednesday.

The firms cited were ARCC Partnership LLC, which owned the house it contracted to have demolished, and Pro-Xcavation Inc., which did the demolition.

The companies were fined $3,260 each. Neither company was available for comment. They have 30 days to appeal the fines.

The citation says the house “was demolished without a demolition permit being obtained from the Division, that the building had not been inspected for the presence of asbestos, and that asbestos-containing cement siding was damaged during the demolition process.”

The town of Silt had ordered the house demolished as a public nuisance, but was not cited. ARCC did obtain a Silt demolition permit before tearing down the dilapidated house.

The asbestos in the house was contained in its siding, some of which was left behind at the site, and in the street.

After a health department employee inspected the site on Jan. 10, Silt barricaded the street while the property was cleaned up.

In February, health department official Christopher Dann downplayed concerns the asbestos that escaped posed a health hazard.

“Most of the health impacts are from long-term exposure,” Dann said.

Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534

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