Division for Air Quality
Demolition Materials Indicate Asbestos Contamination

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 27, 2008  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Robb Schmitz
502-564-3999 X 4404

FRANKFORT, Ky. – October 27, 2008 – The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection would like to advise the public of potential asbestos contamination within demolition debris that has been shredded and offered, free of charge, as mulch.  The demolition site, located on the eastern edge of the Horse Cave city limits adjoining U.S. Highway 218, was known as the Independent Tobacco Warehouse.

            The Division for Air Quality (DAQ) requires businesses to sample for asbestos before beginning any demolition project. In this case, DAQ was not notified of the demolition and asbestos sampling did not occur prior to the demolition.  A grinder was used to pulverize remaining demolition material, including wooden timbers and roofing (old roofing commonly contains asbestos).  The piles were advertised as free mulch.  It is unknown at this time how many loads of material may have been picked up by residents or other entities.

Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) staff responded to a complaint about the demolition debris.  Air quality staff sampled for asbestos, which was found in the debris.  DEP staff has advised the mayor of Horse Cave, Emergency Management Services staff, the Independent Tobacco Warehouse and the company responsible for the demolition, of the asbestos contamination and regulatory violations.  Two Notices of Violation are pending regarding this case, and DEP will require a certified asbestos contractor to go to the deposition sites to clean up and remove the material.

If you know of any individuals who may have picked up some of this material, please ask them to contact the Division for Air Quality in Bowling Green at 270-746-7475 so that the division can help you get the material safely removed from your property.