Inspectors Check Out Asbestos-Filled ‘Popcorn’ Ceilings at Mission Hills Senior Home

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Air quality regulators Tuesday were investigating the disturbance of ceiling material containing asbestos at an apartment complex for seniors in Mission Hills.

Inspectors from the South Coast Air Quality Management District were dispatched Friday to the Reflections apartments at 10050 Sepulveda Blvd. when someone complained that ceiling material containing asbestos had been disturbed after water damage occurred earlier in the week, officials said.

Samples were collected and a notice to comply was issued to the property manager, identified by SCAQMD as Los Angeles-based McCormack Baron Companies, requiring a "contamination survey'' by a certified asbestos consultant, the securing and stabilizing of all affected areas and the submission of a clean-up plan.

"Older buildings can contain asbestos in ceiling tiles, 'popcorn' ceilings and many other building materials,'' SCAQMD Executive Officer Wayne Nastri said. "Our asbestos regulations require strict protective measures to ensure that these asbestos-containing materials do not contaminate the environment during all demolition, remodeling and clean-up activities.''

The cause of the water damage was not immediately available.

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