Portland Has Broken Its Promise to Keep Neighborhoods Safe From Demolition Contaminants – Willamette Week

Green, the deputy ombudsman, points to a $4 million project in the Overlook neighborhood. The contractor failed to remove the siding before demolition took place. The penalty? Just $876 in administrative fees due to the stop-work order. (BDS does not issue fines for first-time violations.)”Why follow the rules if the fine totals $876 and you’ve saved $5,000 on removing the siding by hand?” Green asks. “Human nature is not on the side of doing right.”

Source: Portland Has Broken Its Promise to Keep Neighborhoods Safe From Demolition Contaminants – Willamette Week