Atlas/Coalinga Asbestos Mega Superfund Site

(Asbestos Consulting Services)

The Atlas Asbestos Mine Superfund Site is an approximately 450-acre asbestos mine mega site located 18 miles northwest of the City of Coalinga, in Fresno County California.  The Johns-Manville Coalinga Asbestos Mill Superfund Site is located approximately 17 miles northwest of Coalinga and consists of a 557-acre tract of land.  Asbestos product from both the Atlas Mine and the JMM site was transported offsite to the 107-acre City of Coalinga Operating Unit, located approximately 20 miles to the southeast, along Highway 198 at the southwestern end of the City where asbestos was stored prior to handling and shipment.

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)

Colorado Springs, Colorado

(Asbestos Abatement Services)

NORAD is a combined organization of the United States and Canada that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and defense for Northern America. Headquarters for NORAD and the NORAD/United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) center are located at Peterson Air Force Base in El Paso County, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. The nearby Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker has the Alternate Command Center. The NORAD commander and deputy commander (CINCNORAD) are, respectively, a United States four-star general or equivalent and a Canadian three-star general or equivalent.

The bunker is built to deflect a 30 megaton nuclear explosion within 2 kilometres (1.2 mi). Within a mountain tunnel are sets of 25-ton blast doors and another for the civil engineering department. The doors were built so that they can always be opened if needed. Should a nuclear blast hit the building, they are designed to withstand a blast wave. There is a network of blast valves with unique filters to capture air-borne chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear contaminants.

Asbestos Abatement of the Generals Quarters

The complex was built under 2,000 feet (610 m) of granite on five acres.  Fifteen three-story buildings are protected from movement by an earthquake or explosion by a system of giant springs that the buildings sit on and flexible pipe connectors to limit the operational effect of movement. A total of more than 1,000 springs are designed to prevent any of the 15 buildings from shifting more than one inch. The complex is the only high altitude Department of Defense facility certified to be able to sustain an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). There is a large quantity of cots for most of the personnel and suites for “top brass” within the nuclear bunker. Amenities include a medical facility, store, cafeteria, and fitness centers inside and outside the mountain.

Ghost Ship Fire

Oakland, California

(Metals by NIOSH 7300; PCBs by NIOSH 5503; Coal Tar Pitch Volatiles by OSHA 58; Respirable Dust by NIOSH 0600; Total Dust by NIOSH 0500; Wipes for Metals & PCBs)

On December 2, 2016, at approximately 11:20 p.m. PST, a fire broke out in a warehouse, known as Ghost Ship that had been converted into an artist collective, including dwelling units, in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California. At the time of the fire, the warehouse was hosting a concert featuring artists from the house music record label 100% Silk. Residential and entertainment uses were forbidden under the warehouse's permits at the time of the fire.

A total of 36 people were killed in the fire, the deadliest in the history of Oakland. It was also the deadliest building fire in the United States since The Station nightclub fire in 2003, the deadliest in California since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the deadliest mass-casualty event in Oakland since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

San Quentin State Prison

San Quentin, California

(Asbestos, Lead, Mold, CAM17 Metals, Total Dust Sampling, Consultation, Monitoring & Oversight)

Requested to evaluate the potential health and safety issues relative to dust in the alleys between cells.

The sampling and testing was limited to Alley Ways and Cat Walks (6th Tier) in the South and West Blocks. This was NOT a complete inspection of the area or of the materials in the areas where samples were taken. The purpose was to determine potential hazardous materials in the dust. Analysis included asbestos, lead, mold (viable & non-viable), CAM 17, respirable dust, airborne asbestos and lead concentrations.

Athabasca Tar Sands Refineries

Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

(Asbestos Insulation Applications)

The Athabasca oil sands (also called the Athabasca tar sands or Alberta tar sands) are large deposits of bitumen or extremely heavy crude oil, located in northeastern Alberta, Canada – roughly centred on the boomtown of Fort McMurray. Commercial production of oil from the Athabasca oil sands began in 1967, with the opening of the Great Canadian Oil Sands (GCOS) plant in Fort McMurray. It was the first operational oil sands project in the world, owned and operated by the American parent company, Sun Oil Company. When the $US240 million dollar plant officially opened with a capacity of 45,000 bpd, it marked the beginning of commercial development of the Athabasca oil sands. The Great Canadian Oil Sands Limited (then a subsidiary of Sun Oil Company but now incorporated into an independent company known as Suncor Energy Inc.) produced 30,000 barrels per day (4,800 m3/d) of synthetic crude oil.

Syncrude was formed as a research consortium in 1964. Construction at the Syncrude site began in 1973, and it officially opened in 1978. Starting in 1996, Syncrude has been expanding its operations. Between 1996 and 1999, the original mine was expanded and the plant was “debottlenecked”, increasing production from 73.5 million barrels (11,690,000 m3) per year in 1996 to 81.4 million in 1999.

TransAmerica Building

San Francisco, California

(Full Floor Asbestos Abatement of the 4th, 19th, 35th, 36th & 37th Sampling and Oversight)

The Transamerica Pyramid was the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline up until 2018. The building no longer houses the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, who moved their U.S. headquarters to Baltimore, Maryland, but it is still associated with the company and is depicted in the company’s logo. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company on the site of the historic Montgomery Block, it has a structural height of 853 feet (260 m) and has 48 floors of retail and office space. Upon it’s completion in 1972 it was the eighth tallest building in the world. The Transamerica building was commissioned by Transamerica CEO John (Jack) R. Beckett, with the claim that he wished to allow light in the street below.

Performed a hazardous materials survey of the floors of the building in anticipation of a full floor demolition. The surveys included an asbestos survey to identify asbestos-containing materials (ACM), a lead paint screening to identify lead-based coatings (LBC) and/or lead-containing coatings (LCC), and a visual inspection to identify suspect poly-chlorinated biphenyl (PCB) containing light ballasts and suspect mercury-containing florescent light tubes. A full asbestos and lead specification was created to work with the abatement contractor.