San Haven Asbestos Site

Site Contact:
Joyce Ackerman


Site Location:
98th Street NE
Dunseith, ND 58329

The site was a former tuberculosis sanitarium, later converted to be the State hospital. The property was acquired in 1992 by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The medical complex buildings are abandoned and in a state of great disrepair. Building #9 is collapsing and is structurally unsound. Numerous building materials in Building #9 have friable asbestos. The release of asbestos from the facility poses an exposure threat to the nearby community.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a cleanup at Building #9 in the San Haven complex due to the presence of asbestos-containing materials which are a threat to human health.   EPA sampling and analysis showed that some of the building materials contain asbestos, which requires special management and disposal.  The Tribe made a request for an EPA cleanup in early 2021.

The EPA Emergency Response Program and its asbestos-certified cleanup contractors will begin cleanup on approximately  September 23, 2021.    The cleanup is anticipated to take approximately five weeks.  The cleanup contractors will wear special protective clothing and respirators during the portion of the cleanup involving asbestos.  The asbestos-contaminated debris will be wetted down with water prior to and during the cleanup to ensure that no asbestos fibers migrate from the debris piles.  The safety of the public is the highest priority.  All debris will be transported for disposal to an approved landfill.

Please try to avoid the area during the cleanup as there will be a considerable amount of truck traffic and movement of heavy equipment.  The site will be kept safe with security guards when the cleanup crew is not present at the site.

The Tribe received a Brownfields grant to address demolition and cleanup of some of the other buildings in the San Haven complex, which also have asbestos-containing materials.

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