November 13, 1997 in City

State Fines Apartment Owners For Illegally Removing Asbestos

Associated Press

The state is seeking $66,750 in fines from the owners of a Longview area apartment complex for illegally removing asbestos and dumping it in a grassy field.

The Department of Labor and Industries said owners of the Park Place Apartments knew - or should have known - their actions violated state rules.

Majority owner Charles Deibert of Corbett, Ore., could not be reached for comment.

Kay Clinch of Longview, whom the department identifies as a 10 percent owner, also could not be reached. Her husband, Gary Clinch, declined to comment.

The citation of 21 violations faults the employer for, among other things, failing to notify the state in writing of its asbestos-removal plans and failing to properly remove and dispose of the asbestos.

The natural fiberlike substance, once commonly used as an insulator, has been linked to lung cancer and respiratory ailments.

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