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Arcadia Environmental
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer
Published in the September 29, 2016 edition

Ken Newman is the general manager of Arcadia Environmental, a new company in Coos Bay that’s located at 840 Central Avenue. Although only open for two months, and with three employees, Ken says that they’ve been busy.  That may be because his company provides some pretty essential services to our community.

“We provide asbestos, lead and mold remediation services,” said Ken.  “Remediation eliminates the hazard, by removal or encapsulation, whatever the customer wants or needs to satisfy their needs. We do both residential and commercial projects for hazardous material removal, hazardous material testing, and underground storage tank testing and removal.”

Ken has 15 years of environmental clean-up and remediation experience, 30-plus years of hazardous material handling, and 25 years in the U.S. Navy.  His employee, Nick Esch, who is the site supervisor and project manager for Arcadia Environmental, has two year’s environmental clean-up experience, 5 years hazardous material handling, and was in the U.S. Air Force for six years.  Between them the two men bring a wealth of experience in their field.

I asked Ken to describe what happens when his company is called to handle hazardous material. “Well, we will handle everything from contaminated oil, chemicals from laboratories, etc.  You know those lab animals in formaldehyde sitting in school science labs?  When you want to get rid of them, we’re the ones to call.”

Ken Newman stands before his company truck at Arcadia Environmental.

As for hazardous materials testing, Ken says “If you have a barrel of unknown material in your back yard, we’ll come and find out what it is for final disposal.  We’ll also test your soil if you suspect a leaking oil tank, if there’s an auto accident with a spill on the road, or if fuel stations need their underground tanks tested. If you need to get rid of fluorescent light bulbs or ballasts, which have mercury in them, you can call us.  The same goes for general household items you find in older homes like heating switches with mercury.”

Asbestos lurking in private and public buildings is always cause for alarm, and “There’s quite a bit of it here that people don’t think about,” said Ken.  “Houses with cement shingles are called cement asbestos board, and we see quite a few of those. Lots of public buildings have asbestos insulation and floor tiles, ceilings and wall textures.  In older houses you see popcorn ceilings and about 90% of them contain asbestos. Schools are required to do three year re-inspections and every six months somebody at the school should go around and look at it to make sure there’s no damage.”

Living on the coast, we get a lot of moisture, and mold is common. “We do air monitoring to see if mold is present, categorize it, find what family it’s in…and then you take the results to your family doctor to see if it’s something to worry about or not,” said Ken.

I asked Ken what the most memorable project was he had worked on. “We removed and cleaned up an underground storage tank once. We dug a 20 x 20 x 20 hole in the driveway, treated the groundwater to clean up the diesel contamination, back-filled and put everything back together.  The cost was $300,000.”

Ken says he decided to advertise in the South Coast Shopper because “As a new company we want to get our name into the public eye so they understand we are here, and they don’t have to go to Eugene, Medford or Portland to get quality work.  I’ve been reading the Shopper for as long as it’s been in existence… I went to schools in Reedsport, Coquille, Coos Bay, and graduated from SWOCC.  So I know this area and its people.”

If you’re in need of the kind of services that Arcadia Environmental provides, give them a call at 541-808-3880. They’re open Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and emergency service is available 24/7, including holidays.

“We’re local people doing work in our community that we think is important, and we’re trying to offer a quality service for a decent price to take care of our neighbors,” said Ken.

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