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Madisonville Demolition Sparks Asbestos Investigations


The Kentucky Division for Air Quality and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration are investigating a Webster County salvage company after the possibly unauthorized demolition of a building containing asbestos in Madisonville earlier this month.

S&S Salvage could face steep fines if it is found that they didn’t have permits, take precaution or dispose of the asbestos properly.

Kentucky Labor Cabinet spokesman Daniel Lowry said an OSHA investigation began yesterday at two sites connected with the demolition.

“We care about the safety of the workers and what concerned us was if there was a destruction of a building going on with asbestos in the structure and the safety of the workers,” Lowry said. “And if that was being removed or moved to another location, the safety of the workers in that area.”

The building in question is a former furniture plant located 200 Commerce Drive in Madisonville. S&S is headquartered in Providence, Ky.

Spokeswoman Roberta Burnes said the Division for Air Quality has been investigating at the site and salvage yard for nearly a week after receiving a report of asbestos concerns. She said a report of the investigation's findings should be finished by Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon.

An S&S representative said the company has no comment on the investigations at this time.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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