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Colorado: U.S. Forest Service closes parts of Camp Hale after discovery of asbestos debris in the area

About 300 acres in the Camp Hale area are closed to human use pending a cleanup of asbestos-containing material.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leading a cleanup of contaminated sites; no word on completion date

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Parts of the Camp Hale area, on the White River National Forest between Minturn and Leadville, have been closed due to the discovery of  debris that contains potentially hazardous asbestos.

According to U.S. Forest Service Eagle/Holy Cross district ranger Dave Neely, the asbestos was first reported about a year ago by a visitor to the area familiar with the material. Neely said that individual reported tile-like debris that may have been part of the historic military installation in the area.

That individual reported the asbestos to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, who subsequently notified the Forest Service. Neely said further investigations in the area and consultation with the Corps and state health officials led to the closure orders. Continue reading

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Colorado: Frisco Holiday Inn owners, former staff indicted for exposing guests and workers to asbestos hazard

The Holiday Inn in Frisco, Colorado.

Hotel is under new management; state officials say there are no health risks

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Even after getting warnings from state health officials, the owner and manager of the Frisco Holiday Inn continued to rent rooms contaminated with asbestos, the office of the Colorado Attorney General said in indictment against  against four Coloradans and two businesses, New Vision Hotels and NVH Construction.

Three workers at the hotel are named as having been exposed to the asbestos hazard, as well as 22 guests, including children.

According to the indictment, the owner and manager of the hotel knowingly failed to follow state regulatory requirements by cutting transite boards in the hotel, releasing asbestos and contaminating several rooms. If convicted, the men face the possibility of six months in prison or a $500,000 fine.

The indictment dates back to work being done in Nov. 2009. At this point, the asbestos has been cleaned up and the hotel is safe for guests once again, said assistant attorney general Richard Baird. Current manager John Duarte said he had no comment on the indictment. Continue reading

Denver man goes to jail for improper asbestos disposal

A sample of blue asbestos shows its fibrous nature.

Certified asbestos expert was stashing waste at a Public Storage facility

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A Denver man has been sentenced to six months in jail and will pay $435,477 in restitution for improper disposal of asbestos at a Public Storage facility on West Hamden.

James Robert Soyars, Jr., age 46, was sentenced last week by Chief U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel after an EPA investigation. Learn more about asbestos at this EPA website.

Soyars was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on Feb. 10, 2010. He pled guilty before Chief Judge Daniel on October 27, 2010 to two counts of failure to deposit asbestos- containing waste material as soon as practical at a regulated waste disposal or conversion site. Both counts are felonies. Continue reading

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