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
“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.”
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
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.