The full question:
“Are proper containment methods being used for the lead abatement project that is being done as part of the painting of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge? Is every measure being taken to protect the public and the environment? What are the methods and practices being used on this project?”
And the answer:
The contractor painting the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is using an approved containment plan which specifies how the old paint and sandblasting material is contained and collected, said Wayne Currie, N.C. Department of Transportation resident engineer.
“During the sandblasting operations, a dust collection system filters the air while the old paint and blasting material is captured by the containment system and is vacuumed up prior to opening the bridge every morning,” Currie said. “The plan also addresses how water used to wash the bridge and water runoff from rain is contained. The water and paint chips are separated for disposal.”
The paint chips are collected and stored in metal drums and disposed at an approved landfill, Currie said.
“To the best of my knowledge the approved methods used on this bridge meet all applicable OSHA standards,” he said.
Date posted: November 29, 2011
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