Asbestos ruling won’t affect redevelopment |

Asbestos ruling won’t affect redevelopment

Michael Schneider

Interim standards enacted last week by El Dorado County to contain asbestos at construction sites shouldn’t affect upcoming redevelopment projects in South Lake Tahoe.

Serpentine rock, which is prevalent in the western edge of El Dorado County contains asbestos. It is not found in the Tahoe Basin, said Ron Duncan, county environmental management director.

“I’m not aware of any up there,” Duncan said from Placerville.

The Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance after a Sacramento Bee investigation revealed asbestos in dust samples taken from roads and three homes in El dorado Hills. The ordinance requires builders to monitor and control dust in areas with serpentine rock.

The asbestos in the basin is imported, not natural. The city of South Lake Tahoe has several redevelopment projects planned, including a remodeling of the Park Avenue area about four city blocks west of the Nevada state line on U.S. Highway 50. Attorney Lew Feldman, said there is asbestos in some buildings.

Feldman said the asbestos removal was anticipated and it will be removed in accordance with regulations. He said this process is not expected to delay the projects.

The Park Avenue Project could break ground next spring. It will include a new visitor’s center, and gondola leading to Heavenly Ski Resort as well as new hotels.

The ordinance regarding asbestos monitoring is scheduled to expire in October.

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