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Shaw Building asbestos cleanup to begin Tuesday

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls contractor will begin the inspection and removal process Tuesday for a dumpster believed to contain asbestos removed by welfare workers last month from the basement of the Niagara County-owned Shaw Building on the Mount View campus off Upper Mountain Road in Lockport.

Mary Bergman, acting buildings and grounds director, said Friday that Mark Cerrone Inc. will do the work, with 56 Services of Buffalo acting as the asbestos-removal consultant. The cost of the work has yet to be determined. Bergman said there will be bidding for subsequent asbestos removal from a storeroom in the basement, which the workfare crew was cleaning out from May 22-28. The dumpster work was not bid, as the state approved it on an emergency basis, Bergman said.

County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz said the state Department of Labor had granted a variance for the work, which will last four to six days and will begin by erecting a tent over the dumpster, parking in the rear parking lot.

Glatz predicted that not much asbestos will be found. “I believe it was one piece of floor tile that was broken and one piece of insulation,” he said. But by law, the presence of any asbestos makes the whole dumpster a hazardous site.