Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Denver Extends Contract Of Hazmat Cleanup Company Involved In Unholy Sweep

Its contract with the city of Denver, a hazardous materials cleanup company that has played a central role in cleaning up homeless camps, was extended by the city council on Monday night for two more years.

environmental hazing services, Based in Wheat Ridge, Has signed a contract with the city since 2018. One of its main functions is to dispose of things, as the city cleans up non-domestic, especially items that pose a public health risk such as chemical and medical waste and drug paraphernalia. In 2020 the city added on-call “rapid response” services to EHS contracts.

Advocates for Denver’s non-domestic community opposed the extension, arguing that EHS performances and staff behavior during the sweep should disqualify them from further work with that community.

Denver Homeless Out Loud said it has collected complaints about EHS not complying with its obligations to store and care for people’s belongings after the sweep. Dunning said staff member Benjamin Dunning said the effects for non-domesticated people included “loss of ID, loss of drugs, birth certificates and so forth”.

“It just makes a life that is already harder and more frightening,” he said.

Several members of the public also spoke out against EHS, and council members questioned city employees about billing discrepancies and unprofessional conduct by workers. But the city council passed the extension 11-2 on Monday.

The contract remains at the original $6 million that was settled in 2018 to be worked out over the life of the deal, though City doesn’t expect it to reach that limit until October 2023. $1.57 million has been paid to EHS since 2018.

EHS could be used to clean up hazardous waste at Civic Center Park, after a complete closure to the public this week, a city official said on Monday.

During the sweep, Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure typically dispatches two city waste management employees, accompanied by two to four EHS hazardous waste specialists, department spokeswoman Nancy Kuhn said in an email.

Denver Extends Contract Of Hazmat Cleanup Company Involved In Unholy Sweep
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