Asbestos concerns stop demolition of Burley buildings

Posted: 10:34 AM, Mar 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-15 16:34:06Z

Demolition has been stopped on two vacant buildings damaged in a downtown Burley fire in January, as the Environmental Protection Agency tests for asbestos at the site.

The Times-News reports EPA personnel were taking samples Tuesday from the buildings.

EPA spokesman Mark Macintyre says officials are examining demolition protocol -- and their goal is to make sure the rules are followed. He says it is unclear what the next step will be, if asbestos is found.

Burley Building Inspector Gary Pawson says the city does not offer a permit for demolition. He says the city advised the building owners to test for asbestos and perform the demolition according to federal guidelines.

(by The Associated Press)