Pleasanton, Calif.-based Dillingham Construction did not improperly remove asbestos during interior demolition of quake-damaged Saint John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. In addition, it is a state-licensed asbestos removal firm. Incorrect information about Dillingham in a story on earthquake damage (April 4, p. 8) was provided by Sam Atwood, a spokesman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, who also stated that traces of asbestos had been found in debris from the plaster and interior walls of the fallen structure. A hospital spokeswoman also had confirmed that demolition work at the site was suspended briefly on March 25 so AQMD could investigate asbestos found on site. A telephone call to Dillingham's Long Beach office to discuss the details of the work shutdown before the story was written wasn't returned.
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