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Mystery pipe, bricks halt Troy asbestos job
TROY - A city planner in Troy says asbestos abatement on two old buildings may begin again under certain conditions set by the NY Department of Labor after the discovery of an asbestos-laden pipe about a hundred yards away from the buildings.
Andrew Kreshik is an assistant city planner working with the Troy Local Development Corporation, the group that owns and has plans to redevelop the former King Fuels site on Water Street, almost in the shadow of the Menands bridge. He says someone placed the pipe near a pile of debris from a recent demolition and he has no idea where it came from. Two state agencies and the EPA are investigating. A NYDEC spokesman said investigators would not comment on the probe. According to Kreshik, a worker on the site notified the state that there was "uncontrolled" asbestos on the site and that asbestos was buried there. That evidently led to the NY Department of Labor ordering a suspension of abatement and demolition on the site.
Dr. David Carpenter, a public health physician at UAlbany, says buried asbestos would not pose a public health threat and would be a risk only to the worker who was burying it. On Wednesday, asbestos could be seen dangling from a pipe, only partially encapsulated by tar paper.
The site is a brownfield that is scheduled for multi-million dollar clean-up to be handled by National Grid. Kreshik said the Department of Labor would allow work to continue on the remaining two buildings that are to be demolished as long the LDC's air-monitoring firm worked in a prescribed method and that no other asbestos on the site is disturbed. The site is seen as holding potential for attracting more comapnies and industrial development to Troy.