Are there health concerns at Rieger property?
Mike asked several questions about the ongoing construction of the former Rieger Hotel property, along with adding a comment with each inqury:
• What precautions are being taken, if any, in regard to lead-based paint at the Rieger Hotel?
A dumpster can be seen with old building materials in it in front of the building — a clear violation of federal laws if those materials contain lead-based paints.
• Who is in charge of inspections to make sure this work is being done in accordance with federal lead paint laws?
If that were a private home, the whole project would have to be sealed off to the public before any materials were removed.
Project manager Andrew Rahrig provided the following response:
"The demolition subcontractor is properly removing and disposing of the asbestos and lead paint as required by the EPA and all state of Ohio regulations. The environmental report for the project only indicated minimal amounts of asbestos and minimal amounts of lead paint existing in the building prior to the start of construction."