Asbestos discovered at airport business

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Posted 2/19/21

The Port of Port Townsend’s executive director Eron Berg declared an emergency Jan. 29 after chrysotile asbestos ceiling material was discovered in one of the Port-owned hangars. 

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Asbestos discovered at airport business

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The Port of Port Townsend’s executive director Eron Berg declared an emergency Jan. 29 after chrysotile asbestos ceiling material was discovered in one of the Port-owned hangars. 

The discovery of the hazardous material at Tailspin Tommy’s, an aircraft rental business at the Jefferson County International Airport, prompted Berg to take action. The emergency was needed so the standard competitive bidding process for
remediation services could be waived and a contract approved.

In an emergency declaration, Port officials explained that the hazardous material was discovered through an inspection by DH Environmental Jan. 28. Material on the roof and walls containing asbestos was found to be flaking away during windy weather.

Port commissioners unanimously accepted Berg’s emergency declaration during a Feb. 10 meeting.

According to the Port, tested materials showed that they contained
68 percent asbestos. Chrysotile is the most common form of asbestos and accounts for about 95 percent of the asbestos in the U.S.

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