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June 26, 2009


Former Factory Building Scheduled for Demolition by Implosion

Portsmouth, VA (June 26, 2009) -- An implosion of a former factory building is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2009 between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. at the Land and Marine Remediation, Inc site, located at 3340 West Norfolk Road. The City of Portsmouth issued demolition permits and demonstrated due diligence in the process as follows:

On April 27, 2009 the Department of Permits and Inspections issued a building permit to Old Dominion Demolition Corporation to demolish a building and associated structure.

On June 23, 2009 the Fire Marshal issued an explosives/blasting permit to Dykon Explosive Demolition Corporation and Old Dominion Demolition Corporation for the explosive demolition of a structure, Building 311, on the Land and Marine Remediation, Inc. plant site on Sunday, June 28, 2009 between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Prior to issuing the permit, the Fire Marshal’s Office inspected and reviewed for compliance, all plans, procedures, licenses, and certifications, and confirmed that the required certificate of liability insurance had been obtained. Appropriate members of the Portsmouth Fire Department, Police Department and Traffic Engineering were informed, along with the U.S.Coast Guard and local military.

Prior to issuing the permit, the Building Official reviewed the contractor’s license information for the City of Portsmouth and the Commonwealth of Virginia and confirmed that the contractor is licensed for abatement and for demolitions. All pertinent documents are confirmed as per the mandates of the Uniform Statewide Building Code. This building, since it was built after January 1, 1985, does not require asbestos certification, however, the Building Official has verified that this building does not contain asbestos and it is in compliance.

The Fire Marshal’s Office inspected all pertinent documents that were required for the approval and issuance of the permit to proceed with the use of explosives for an implosion, as per the Virginia Fire Prevention Code and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

In addition, while not required by the Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Virginia Fire Prevention Code, Land and Marine Remediation, Inc. honored the request of the Building Official and the Fire Marshal to inspect their proprietary hazardous materials removal assessment for the building. The building has been properly cleaned of any hazardous materials that it contained. Two contractors performed the work and cleaned the building three times.

On several occasions, the team of the Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, Building Official, Risk Manager, and additional essential City of Portsmouth staff have inspected this building to insure that it has been appropriately and safely prepared for implosion.

This is not the building that was used to process pesticides. That building was razed in 1984. This building that is scheduled to be imploded on June 28th, was used to process super-absorbent materials that are used in diapers and tampons.

Prior to, during, and after the implosion, police personnel will be on site and will secure the perimeter of the facility. Fire personnel will be on site to monitor the activities of the implosion. In addition, during the implosion, for approximately five minutes, Highway 164 will be closed and all boat traffic will be halted to insure that motorists are not witnessing the implosion while driving.

To inform the residents of the adjacent neighborhoods of the Sunday morning implosion, the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services will place Reverse 911 phone calls, beginning at 7 p.m. this evening.