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Scappoose company fined for DEQ violations

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined OHM Equity Partners LLC of Scappoose $19,200 for failing to hire a licensed asbestos abatement contractor while demolishing a house the company owned at 52525 North Road in Scappoose in March. The company also openly accumulated asbestos-containing waste material during the project, the DEQ alleges. OHM Equity is not a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. The contractor it hired to work on the demolition project was not licensed for asbestos abatement either, according to a DEQ news release.

The state agency stated the company may have released asbestos fibers into the air and exposed workers and the public to asbestos, which is a known respiratory hazard that causes lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. OHM has until Aug. 19 to appeal the penalty.