The Bronx County Recycling LLC and its principal Salvatore Cascino, have entered into an Administrative Order that prohibits the company from handling construction and demolition debris and related solid wastes in New York State, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced. The order is part of a plea agreement under which Cascino pleaded guilty to Offering a False Instrument in the Second Degree, a class E felony.
Additionally, the defendant paid a $20,000 fine. The order resolved outstanding civil violations at the facility from 2008 and assessed an additional $5,000 penalty paid at the time of the plea, according to the DEC.
In a statement, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said, "The improper and unauthorized disposal of construction and demolition materials can negatively affect the environment. We monitor what goes into the waste stream to help ensure that solid waste is disposed of properly. By not reporting unauthorized waste received by Bronx County Recycling, Sal Cascino blatantly disregarded the laws that protect the environment."
The investigation into Cascino's actions was conducted by DEC's Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (BECI). This criminal case was handled by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office.
"Falsely reporting information which tracks illegal solid waste is not only illegal but attempts to challenge the state's ability to protect citizens and the environment of the state of New York. It is the height of professional and personal irresponsibility," said Schneiderman. "My office will vigorously enforce the Environmental Conservation Laws to protect the health and safety of the people of the state of New York."
In 2009, Bronx County Recycling LLC was a registered construction and debris processing facility in the Bronx. A registered C&D debris processing facility is permitted to accept only uncontaminated rock, asphalt, dirt and concrete and reprocess it for limited designated and permitted uses. Any other waste is designated as unauthorized solid waste.
Under regulations administered by DEC, all registered construction facilities must submit yearly annual reports which identify the amount of unauthorized waste the facility receives and where it is disposed. In 2009, Cascino failed to report the receipt of large amounts of unauthorized waste, some of which he disposed of at a site in Claremont, Columbia County. The waste included wood, glass and plastics.
The National Demolition Association (NDA), Doylestown, Pa., presented the 2nd Annual Environmental Excellence Awards to four companies which the organization says have performed demolition projects that demonstrate significant environmental conservation and community improvement, while bringing about a discernible positive impact on the quality of life in the U.S. and Canada.
“The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize NDA member companies which are true leaders in environmental stewardship,” says Michael R. Taylor, executive director of the NDA. “Environmental stewardship is one of the demolition industry’s primary missions and these winning projects help illustrate truly dramatic efforts our members have made to make this a reality.”
The winning projects, which were honored at the NDA Annual Convention in San Antonio in March, are:
Project: Prichard Stadium Sports Complex Demolition, Fort Hood, Texas
NDA Member: Charter Environmental, Boston, Mass.
Charter led abatement and demolition of the 60-year-old Prichard Stadium Sports Complex in Fort Hood which was demolished to make room for a new hospital. The project exceeded the client’s recycling goals, reusing or recycling 99.56% of the debris. Among the many steps taken during the project was concrete being crushed on site and stockpiled for construction of the new medical center. The stadium lighting fixtures were salvaged for use in a new stadium, while telephone poles were reused on the Fort Hood firing range. Materials of value, e.g. copper, aluminum, etc. were recycled and reclaimed, while asphalt parking lots were ground and recycled. Funds from recycled materials were used to support and improve the lives of soldiers and their families.
Project: Demolition and Remediation of Newton (Mass.) North High School, Newton, Mass.
NDA Member: Costello Dismantling Co. Inc., West Wareham, Mass.
To make way for athletic fields and grounds adjacent to the new high school, Costello handled the difficult demolition of the former school, coupled with a massive environmental remediation scope of work. All interior block walls were asbestos-contaminated, which had permeated the inner cavities of the masonry block walls and settled on top of ceiling tiles. An innovative bracing system that enabled contaminated exterior walls to remain standing and be used as a critical barrier during abatement saved the city millions of dollars in containment expense. More than 75,000 tons of brick and concrete and 4,750 tons of steel were recycled, while 1,850 tons of non-asbestos debris was sent for processing/recycling.
Project: Woodside Dam Demolition Project, S.C.
NDA Member: Envirocon, Inc., Portland, Ore.
Envirocon’s Woodside Dam demolition project restored the river to its natural state, allowing it to flow freely again over native bedrock for the first time in more than 100 years, and fish and wildlife to flourish. By removing two reinforced concrete dams and PCB-contaminated river sediments, Envirocon is letting the river regenerate itself. The company designed and installed thee siphons to lower the water behind the dam so that dredging could take place, which was followed by the demolition of 34-ft.-high dam. The second dam removal also required the demolition of the dam powerhouse. Many innovative techniques were employed to complete this project, including the use of a crane to lift and place machinery upon floats in the upstream pool behind the dam.
Project: Sappi Fine Paper Property Project, Muskegon, Mich.
NDA Member: Melching, Inc., Nunica, Mich.
The former 1.1 million sq.-ft. Sappi Fine Paper mill sits on a 119-acre site, with nearly one mile of Muskegon Lake shoreline. Doug Melching purchased the property with the intention of creating jobs in west Michigan. When complete, the project will transform the site into a redevelopment project that will include a green energy biomass power plant, a potential ship repair dry dock repair, and other manufacturing operations. Working with the Melching team, the demolition contractor handled all demolition, environmental cleanup and an asbestos abatement with a scope of work estimated to cost $2 million dollars.
For more information about submitting entries for the 2013 National Demolition Association Environmental Excellence Awards or becoming a member of the Association, go to www.demolitionassociation.com or call 800-541-2412.
The C&D Recycling Forum, Sept. 23-25, at the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from experts on demolition and recycling techniques used abroad. Lindsay Gale, editor, Demolition & Recycling International, will moderate the session titled, “Worldly Views,” on Monday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. during the three-day conference.
Attendees will hear Stefano Panseri, Managing Director, Despe Srl, Italy present “The Debut of TopDown Way – High Rise Deconstruction in Lyons. France.” This paper will cover the first operational use of a patented modular system that allows the safe and contained deconstruction of high rise buildings irrespective of their size and configuration. It consists of a three level working platform that surrounds the entire building and hydraulically descends the structure as the demolition progresses. The middle stage can be sealed against the structure to allow hazardous materials such as asbestos to be safely removed, while the overall system fits closely to the building to prevent debris from falling outside the structure. TopDown Way is also fully enclosed to protect workers from the elements.
Panseri is a member of the technical commissions of the Italian Demolition Association (NAD) and the European Demolition Association (EDA). With the latter, he acted as coordinator for the development of the EDA’s Guide to the use of high reach demolition machines.
A second panelist during the session, William Sinclair, Managing Director, Safedem Ltd will discuss how two wind damaged residential multi-story structures in the Danish city of Copenhagen formed the first explosive demolition ever carried out in the country. Heavily contaminated with hazardous materials, including asbestos and PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls), Danish environmental regulations required an intensive and detailed soft strip to be undertaken, creating a major challenge for Danish contractor Brandis A/S. The nature of the site required precision blasting by explosives specialist Safedem Ltd who was contracted by Brandis to carry out this side of the contract.
Sinclair is vice president of NFDC (National Federation of Demolition Contractors) and a fourth-generation demolition industry professional who has plied his trade both in the U.K. and in Australia since earning a Master’s Degree in Management and Economics at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Dundee, Australia-based Safedem Ltd is renowned for its expertise in demolition by a variety of means, and is a leading exponent of complex facade retention methods. Sinclair and his company are also recognized as global leaders in the use of explosive demolition methods having won the World Demolition Contractor of the Year award twice in the four-year history of the awards.
Brokk AB, Monroe, Wash., a manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, is officially presenting the Brokk 800 Demolition Machine to the North American market. More than twice as big as Brokk’s previous largest model, the Brokk 400, the new “Monster Brokk” is the most powerful demolition robot available in the Brokk lineup. The Brokk 800 is available in two models, the Brokk 800S and Brokk 800P, which the company says opens up the machine for use in a variety of industries, including cement and metal processing, construction and demolition, mining and tunneling, nuclear, as well as other specialty applications.
The Brokk 800S features Brokk’s signature 3-arm system and offers a maximum reach of nearly 30-feet. When equipped with the included MB1000 breaker, the Brokk 800S produces 1,500-feet-per-pound at the tip of the tool, nearly twice the hitting power of the Brokk 400.
Specially designed with added heat protection, the Brokk 800P is intended for use in challenging process applications. Additionally, it includes an extra-durable, heat-protected SB302 hydraulic breaker to work with hot ladles, runners and furnaces. The solid body hammer delivers 450-feet-per-pound at the tip of the tool. The Brokk 800P features a 360-degree arm rotation design for challenging, precise angles, and offers an impressive reach of 31.5-feet.
The Brokk 800 features the same compact design and capacity-to-size ratio as all Brokk units, allowing access into smaller, more restricted spaces. Powered by a 60-horsepower electric motor, the Brokk 800 offers emissions-free operation, further permitting work in confined areas. Safety is enhanced thanks to the remote control box. It allows operation from a safe distance, protecting operators from hazards such as high heat and falling debris.
The weight of the Brokk 800S, excluding equipment, is 24,310-pounds, while the BrokkP weighs in at 24,838-pounds. Both Brokk 800 units are able to carry attachments up to 2,465-pounds, including beam grapples, buckets, drilling equipment and shotcrete units.
In addition to the 800, Brokk offers eight models, in a variety of sizes and lift capacities, with the smallest, the Brokk 50, weighing 1,100 pounds. The company also engineers and builds custom machines with special equipment such as cameras, extended arms, side-angling devices and cable drums.