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Demolition continues unabated

Yesterday while driving down Earhart Blvd. I came across a demolition which was being performed with no dust mitigation.

The structure was a substantial Church bldg and generated a large amount of dust and debris.

Here is the Church just before demolition.

3231 Audubon

When I arrived on site yesterday they were well on the way to finished with no water on site to keep the dust particles from drifting out to the surrounding areas.

3231 Audubon

The contractor claimed he was going to hook up the water hoses but he has none. After about half an hour of discussion the entire crew jumped into their trucks and left the site.

This morning I called the State DEQ offices to see what the proper procedure is for determining what precautions should be taken. The State had no permit application on file for this particular property so there is no way to tell what hazard materials were in the many many truckloads that left this site.

This morning when I passed by the site they were back at work this time with water hoses dampening down the site.. One unanswered question is this, if they did not determine the status of contaminants in the structure itself were they just washing all those contaminants into the drainage system and out to the lake?

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About Karen Gadbois

Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use for Squandered Heritage. For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing widespread misuse of city recovery funds — which led to guilty pleas in federal court — Gadbois won some of the highest honors in journalism, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. She can be reached at (504) 606-6013.

  • Karen, do you know if the site was “abated” in that the hazardous materials, presuming at least some asbestos, were removed safely prior to the unpermitted demo? This is terrible.

  • crusader

    Good looking out.