Austin City Council members want answers after asbestos investigation


UP" ((MUSIC))((MUSIC))WADE MULLIN: "CITY STAFF IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY

WE DON'T FOLLOW UP BY CHECKING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DO NOT DISTURB THE MATERIALS"TONIGHT, AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WANT ANSWERS – AFTER KXAN INVESTIGATORS REVEAL ASBESTOS CONTAMINATION INSIDE FOUR CITY DEPARTMENTSALONG WITH THE AIRPORT, WE DISCOVERED UNAUTHORIZED WORK INSIDE CITY- OWNED FACILITIES USED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AUSTIN WATER, AND PARKS AND REC — POTENTIALLY EXPOSING DOZENS OF WORKERS IN THE PAST YEAR AND A HALFI'M KYLIE MCGIVERN, AND I TOLD YOU HOW THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE HAS LAUNCHED AN EXECUTIVE REVIEW TO FIND OUT WHY THESE INCIDENTS ARE HAPPENINGNOW I'M AT CITY HALL, AFTER FLAGGING COUNCIL MEMBERS ABOUT THIS POTENTIAL HEALTH AND SAFETY RISKCOUNCIL MEMBER LESLIE POOL: "I'M GLAD YOU BROUGHT THAT TO MY ATTENTION, I'LL DEFINITELY BE FOLLOWING IT ((57)) AND MAYBE KEEP ME POSTED ON WHAT YOU FIND" COUNCIL MEMBER LESLIE POOL: "I THINK AT THE FRONT END, WE NEED TO ASSURE THE PUBLIC AND OUR EMPLOYEES THAT HOPEFULLY THEY ARE SAFE

((34)) I MEAN IF WE HAVE DISCOVERED IT THEN WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF IT" MAYOR PRO TEM KATHIE TOVO: "CERTAINLY I'M GLAD THE CITY MANAGER IS LOOKING INTO IT AND I WOULD ANTICIPATE THAT IF THERE IS A NEED FOR A RESPONSE, SHE'LL TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION" THAT ACTION — COULD LAND ON THE LAPS OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS — WITH ANY POTENTIAL POLICY CHANGES NEEDED WITHIN THE CITY ASBESTOS PROGRAM WE PLAN TO STAY ON TOP OF THE CITY MANAGER'S REVIEW TO REPORT THE FINDINGS ONCE THEY'RE AVAILABLEAT CITY HALL

KYLIE MCGIVERNKYLIE: "KXAN INVESTIGATES BACK TO YOU" THANKS, KYLIEWE ASK WHYTHE CITY'S ASBESTOS MANAGER IS NOT FOLLOWING UP ON WORK ORDERS ONCE THEY'RE DENIED — TO MAKE SURE CONSTRUCTION DOES NOT MOVE FORWARD AND PUT WORKERS AT RISK

PLUS ONE CITY WORKER'S REACTION AFTER LEARNING A PLACE HE THOUGHT WAS SAFE WAS, IN FACT, CONTAMINATED WITH ASBESTOSOUR FULL INVESTIGATION IS ONLINE RIGHT NOW WHERE WE ALSO WALK YOU THROUGH AN INTERACTIVE TIMELINE OF THESE CASES

IT'S ALL IN THE INVESTIGATIVE SECTION OF KXANCOMSHANNON:THE F-B-I IS OFFERING A 10-THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD TO HELP IDENTIFY THE BODY OF A YOUNG BOY WASHED UP ON GALVESTON BEACH SEVERAL WEEKS AGOAUTHORITIES NAMED THE CHILD "LITTLE JACOB" AND THEY BELIEVE HE IS BETWEEN 3 AND 5 YEARS OLD HIS SKETCH IS NOW UP ON BILLBOARDS ACROSS EIGHT STATES

2-ROBERT:WOULD YOU DRINK THIS WATER?2-SHANNON: PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN ROCKDALE SAY THEY'VE BEEN DEALING WITH "RED WATER" COMING OUT OF THEIR FAUCETS FOR YEARS AND THEY'RE FED UP 2-ROBERT:THEY ARE ASKING THE CITY TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTIONAS KXAN'S ALICIA INNS EXPLAINS — INCOVENIENCE IS ONE THING, UNHEALTHY IS ANOTHER

ALICIA: : TODAY IS WHAT DANIELLE DONNELLY-KERLIN CALLS A "GOOD DAY"ROCKDALE RESIDENT, DONNELLY-KERLIN SAYS: "IT DOESN'T SMELL AS STRONG AS NORMAL AND IT'S CLEAR" ALICIA: AND BY CLEAR, SHE MEANS THISDONNELLY-KERLIN SAYS: "ON A GOOD DAY YOUR WATER LOOKS LIKE THIS AND YOU CAN SEE THE SETTLING AT THE BOTTOM, BUT WHEN YOU SHAKE IT UP IT LOOKS BROWN"ALICIA: THEN, THERE ARE "THE BAD DAYS" ABOUT ONCE A MONTH–DANIELLE NEVER KNOWS WHEN — HER SHOWER OR SINK SPEWS PUTRID RED WATERBOTTLED WATER HAS BECOME A HOUSEHOLD STAPLE DONNELLY-KERLIN SAYS: "THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT A CITY OFFERS THAT IS ABSOLUTELY DIRE FOR SURVIVAL IS WATER AND WE CAN'T USE IT"CITY MANAGER CHRIS WHITTAKER SAYS: "I'M HOLDING IT RIGHT NOW AND LOOK AT ALL THE STUFF THAT'S DROPPING OFFALICIA: ROCKDALE CITY MANAGER CHRIS WHITTAKER SAYS MOST OF THE PIPES ARE ORIGINAL 1902 CAST IRON WHITTAKER SAYS: "AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT'S NOT JUST GOING TO HAPPEN JUST BECAUSE WE SAY ALRIGHT LET'S GO FIX THIS

IT'S, ARE WE GOING TO RAISE THE WATER RATE OR THE SEWER RATE?"ALICIA: WHITTAKERS NEW UPGRADED PLAN INVOLVES REPLACING 28 MILES OF OLD PIPE ON TOP OF OTHER CRUCIAL IMPROVEMENTSIT COULD COST MILLIONSWHITTAKER SAYS: "THE RESIDENTS EXPECT IT TO GET FIXED"ALICIA: THETCEQ SAYS THE WATER IS IN COMPLIANCE –IT'S SAFEDANIELLE FOUND REPORTS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP THAT SAY OTHERWISE

DONNELLY-KERLIN SAYS: "THESE THREE CONTAMINANTS THAT ARE CANCER CAUSING AGENTS AND THEY HAVE TESTED POSITIVE REPEATEDLY FOR THAT IN ROCKDALE WATER"ALICIA: YEARS OF PUTTING UP WITH "THE BAD DAYS", MAKES HER SKEPTICAL ANYTHING WILL ACTUALLY CHANGE DONNELLY-KERLIN SAYS: "I'LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT" ALICIA INNS KXAN NEWSSHANNON: THE ROCKDALE CITY MANAGER HAS PUT TOGETHER A REPORT ON UPDATING THE PIPES HE WILL PRESENT HIS 44-MILLION DOLLAR

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