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Ky. recycler faces alleged asbestos violations

Keywords: Tags  demolition, recycling, asbestos, removal violations, S&S Salvage LLC, OSHA, Kentucky Div. for Air Quality, Tammy Smith Timothy Smith

PITTSBURGH — Two regulatory agencies in Kentucky are investigating a metal recycler over alleged improper handling and disposal of asbestos during the demolition of a building in Madisonville.

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DOA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are trying to determine whether Providence-based S&S Salvage LLC started the demolition job without permits and mishandled the asbestos.

The recycling facility was determined to be clear of asbestos, but the site of the demolition work has confirmed evidence of asbestos, an OSHA spokesman said, adding that the investigation could take more than a month.

Tammy Smith, who is listed as the company’s organizer in state records, could not be reached for comment. Tammy Smith and Timothy Smith are also associated with Providence-based Smith Metals Recycling LLC.

The demolition work at the plant was halted after asbestos was found inside and outside of the building, a DOA spokesman said, adding that the recycler has now retained an abatement contractor to remove the asbestos.

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