Mary Olive Matney of Corvallis has been fined $6,000 by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality for allowing an excavating company to improperly demolish a house she owned in Newport. DEQ said in a report that the house, which contained asbestos, was taken down by a company that did not have the proper license to deal with asbestos removal and containment.
DEQ says Dave Stafford Excavating began demolishing the house in October of 2011 and that during the project about five hundred square feet of asbestos-containing surface texture material was removed from the home at 724 NW 2nd. DEQ reported that the asbestos was allowed to remain on the ground, exposed to the air, at the project site.
DEQ said Asbestos fibers are a respiratory hazard that is proven to cause cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. The DEQ says asbestos is a danger to public health and is a hazardous air pollutant for which there is no known safe level of exposure.
Along with the fine levied against Matney, DEQ also issued Dave Stafford Excavating a penalty of $7,200 for removing asbestos without the proper license. DEQ did not levy a fine for leaving the asbestos on the ground. Meanwhile Matney hired a licensed asbestos removal contractor to properly remove the asbestos at the home site.
Matney has decided to appeal her $6,000 fine.