Asbestos tape, FERMA Corp and wet paper towels

* Please look at this entire post as the action steps are at the bottom. *

Here are the latest images of the FISC burn site. sometime between the first pictures I took on April 5th, and posted on this site on April 9th, and yesterday,  DANGER: ASBESTOS tape has been placed all around the burn site.

asbestos tape on the white plastic fence

asbestos tape on the white plastic fence

The debris at the burn site is labeled DANGER:  Asbestos, while the very same debris in your yard is considered safe enough to pick up with a wet paper towel.

Does this make sense to you?

WHO PUT THE TAPE AROUND THE SITE?

“FERMA Corporation is one of the few general engineering contractors licensed to handle and transport hazardous waste and perform toxic clean up.” That’s a quote from their website: They list Catellus as one of their clients.  Those are FERMA trucks in the pictures.

FERMA Corp came to the site immediately after the fire. I’m guessing they are the ones who put up the DANGER: Asbestos tape.  I’d like to know 2 things:

1. If the asbestos level at the FISC site was so minimal and safe, why did FERMA get called in immediately afterwards?

2. The fire debris at the FISC burn site is hazardous waste. In your yard, the same debris, once in your yard is safe enough to pick up with a wet paper towel.  Does this make sense to you?

THERE IS STILL ASBESTOS-CONTAINING DEBRIS IN PUBLIC SPACES WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE PLAYING.

Children are especially susceptible to asbestos contamination, being so much closer to the ground.

TAKE ACTION!

++ Contact the city and suggest they get someone out to all the contaminated public spaces with a roll of wet paper towels

++ Contact news outlets and demand coverage of this unfolding story

++ Contact FERMA, he city and Catellus to ask what is in FERMA’s report

Here’s the contact info for FERMA.

FERMA CORPORATION
General Engineering and Demolition
http://www.fermacorp.com/
1265 Montecito Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043
650-961-2742

Here’s the info for Catellus in Alameda

Sean Whiskeman

Catellus

swhiskeman@catellus.com
(510) 267-3424

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