TZC Had a Previous Run-In with the State DEC

UPDATE at 12:50 p.m.:

“Thruway Authority engineers and safety experts are on site to ensure that Tappan Zee Constructors conducts a thorough investigation into exactly what caused this equipment failure,” special project advisor Brian Conybeare informed via email. “We will also review any corrective action plan presented by TZC to prevent similar accidents in the future.”

Two hours earlier I wrote:

Save for two statements Tuesday, there’s been radio silence from Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) about specifics regarding yesterday’s accident with one of the two floating concrete batch plants.

View from the EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown December 16 at 9:30 a.m.

View from the EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown December 16 at 9:30 a.m.

In the meantime, the Thruway Authority and Brian Mershon, Fluor Media Relations, are referring all inquires about the accident to the bridge builder.

Spokeswoman Carla Julian said no one was hurt, TZC shut down both batch plants and is working with all appropriate authorities — including the Thruway Authority and the NYS DEC — investigating the accident, and other project construction activities will continue.

Julian didn’t respond to questions about what caused the accident, how the shutdown will affect production and TZC’s strict timetable, and other specifics.

This is not the bridge builder’s first run-in with the state agency.

Per a September 19 email from NYS DEC representative Peter Constantakes, agency staff visited the Port of Coeymans after being alerted of possible violations related to work being performed by TZC, and directed the company to cease operations immediately.

Following an investigation of this incident, the DEC entered into an Order on Consent with Tappan Zee Constructors that addresses violations of the Environmental Conservation law pertaining to TZC starting construction at the site prior to the agency issuing the necessary permits.

The Consent Order required TZC to pay a $10,000 civil penalty and provide at least $55,000 for an Environmental Benefit Project to be determined by the DEC.

One batch plant can cast about 125 cubic yards of concrete per hour.

“We have approximately 300,000 cubic yards of concrete to place on this job,” TZC President Darrell Waters told reporters during an August tour of the project site, reiterating in October that the project is on budget and on schedule.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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