Multnomah County fined for asbestos removal failure

Anthophyllite asbestos fibers.

Oregon environmental regulators fined Multnomah County and a contractor last month for failing to follow asbestos removal safety protocols during a renovation project at a North Portland home.

County officials didn't have an asbestos inspector survey for the home and then hired a contractor that was not certified to remove asbestos to perform the project in violation of state law, according to an April 22 penalty notice from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.