Flying dust on a Burbank High School construction site prompted South
Coast Air Quality Management District inspectors to cite the
construction management company, a violation that has since been
AQMD spokesperson Sam Atwood said Bernards Bros. received a notice
of violation Tuesday because excessive amounts of dust spread beyond
the school’s property line into the community. Atwood added that the
agency was tipped off about problem by an anonymous parent.
“Bernards Bros. will have to modify their operation to ensure that
this doesn’t happen again, and that no dust comes into the
community,” Atwood said. “This is a relatively small violation
compared to some that we deal with. Nevertheless, it is a violation.”
Jack Hall, project manager for Bernards Bros., said the flying
dust was caused by tractors belonging to Conrod Concrete, Inc., the
general contractor working on the school’s new gymnasium as part of
the school’s Phase II construction plan.
If there is a fine levied against his company, Hall said it would
be Conrod’s responsibility to pay it.
Conrod, meanwhile, has taken measures to alleviate the problem by
bringing a water buffalo -- a tanker with spray jets -- onto the
construction site to water down the dust-generating areas, Hall said.
The tanker, which will remain on the project site, replaces a hose
that Conrod previously used, he said.
“We had another visit from AQMD [Thursday], and they’re happy with
the mitigating measures that Conrod is taking,” Hall said.
“Basically, [the inspector] said, ‘just keep it up.’ ”
Conrod officials could not be reached for comment.
Ali Kiafar, the school district’s chief facilities and development
superintendent, said that the general contractor should have had the
proper watering apparatus on the job site when the work began. He
added that he was unaware of the problem until after the citation was
If the contractor does something in violation or receives a
citation, it’s their responsibility, Kiafar said. The district has
that stipulation in all its contracts, he said.
Although the problem has been corrected, Atwood said that the
violation would go to the AQMD’s district prosecutor.
“The violation still stands until the investigation is complete,”
he said. “The investigation could take several weeks or even longer.”
Fines, if they are levied, might range from $1,000 a day up to
$100,000 a day, Atwood said, but added that “in actuality it could
even be a few hundred dollars.”