Johnny O. Perea Foundation
Asbestos Education & Relief
501(c)3 Non-Profit

Charles Perea
President & Founder
8208 Curry Ave. NE.
Albuquerque, NM 87109-4916
505-857-0480 Local
877-857-0480 toll free
Fax: Same


Homeowners live with the hazards associated with asbestos building materials. Preventing future exposures to this known health hazard is the key. We cannot continue to ignore this reality. There is no known safe level of exposure according to epidemiology. The foundation will educate families in collaboration with State Health and Environment Departments as well as Asbestos Abatement Experts! All homeowners have this issue to deal with.

Providing a resource for homes to safely deal with asbestos used in the construction of our homes throughout this country.


* Educate
o Provide information about the hazard (Asbestos In Our Homes) link at the bottom of this page
o Provide a list of materials that typically contain asbestos
o Provide a list of do's and dont's for handling asbestos materials
o Conduct educational outreach through all media outlets


* Assess
o Inspect for damage
o Identify materials that will be affected during renovation/remodeling
o Collect test samples for processing by an accredited laboratory

* Remove/Abate the hazard
o Free or low cost removal/abatement of asbestos materials that are damaged
o Removal/abatement of materials that will be impacted during projects

Asbestos is a reality that we live with and how we deal with it will determine whether it will continue to cause deaths in the future. There is no known safe level of exposure. Regulations do not apply to you and me as homeowners but because of regulations in the work place, we know how to handle asbestos safely. Using certified contractors trained to work with asbestos we can continue to do those projects and repairs that are necessary to maintain a home safely. The question then becomes; how am I going to pay for this. In most cases the asbestos will not have to be disturbed. The best thing to do is leave it and work around or over it by encapsulation. If your thinking, it's too late, I've been exposed. I would like you to consider those around you. That is why I am doing all of this. The little ones will have to live with this hazard as well. So, what do we do? Refer back to the first objective and let's do this because it needs to be done.


My name is Charles Perea, born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Graduated from West Mesa High School in 1979. Served in the U.S. Navy for 13 years as an Aviation Hydraulic Mechanic (AMH1).I also served the U.S. Postal Service for 9 years as a Safety Specialist. I am a service connected disabled veteran devoting my time to dealing with the root cause of cancers associated with Asbestos exposures. I lost my father to this stuff and I will not stand by and allow my kids to be exposed to the same fate. The hazard is real and it is present in our homes. I am an accredited Asbestos Inspector in accordance with TSCA Title II and AHERA Standards in compliance with the State of Louisiana/EPA Region 6.

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Here are some things you need to know about asbestos:
1. Over 3,000 asbestos containing products were manufactured and used in the U.S. throughout the 70's.
2. Asbestos is in your home and it is hazardous.
3. DO NOT disturb the materials by cutting, sanding or drilling holes. Isolate any damage like holes in walls or water damage from leaks or flooding.
4. 1989 EPA issued a final rule banning the use of Asbestos in the U.S.
5. 1991 the court of appeals overturned EPA's ruling.
6. Asbestos products are still used in the U.S. Last year according to EPA, we consumed over 3,000 tons of asbestos containing products.
7. Over 12,000 people died last year from asbestos related illnesses in America.
8. It takes 10 to 30 years to get sick after exposure.
9. People will continue to die resulting from on going exposures caused by disturbing materials.
10. Asbestos will remain a public health concern well into the 21st century.
Posted by: Charles Perea | November 24, 2006 12:44 PM


Hundreds of thousands have died and there is no end in sight.


The Johnny O. Perea Foundation (JOPF) is proud to report the progress made so far in completing its mission. We have been able to assist many people in determining how to go about making repairs in their home without disturbing materials like Popcorn ceilings simply by talking about alternative methods like painting over the material. Most of what has been done so far is in New Mexico because I live here but I have also answered many questions on the phone and can connect people out of state with resources in their state. Here are a few other examples of what the foundation has been able to accomplish:

February 1, 2006, 1517 Osage Rd SW Albuquerque, NM This house had a flooring problem that required the removal of three layers of old flooring. The problem was new flooring would not hold up to the wait of chairs and other heavy items. It was tarring so the installer determined that the only way to fix it was to remove all of the old flooring. The foundation was called in to determine if asbestos was in the old flooring. After samples were processed, two out of the three layers did in fact contain asbestos. On February 2, 2006, GranCor Enterprises removed and disposed of the asbestos flooring in accordance with state and federal laws. As a homeowner, you cannot transport asbestos in accordance with state solid waste rules. If you violate the rule, you are subject to citations and fines. The residences, to include grand-kids were not exposed to the hazard of air-born asbestos because of this floor repair. They would have if the contractor would have just continued to tare out the old flooring.

November 28, 2006 108 South 3rd Raton, NM Karen & Bo Fulsom contacted the foundation because they were trying to dispose of a box of asbestos pip mud they found in their basement. They did call around to find out how to get rid of this box. One contractor actually told Karen to just dig a hole in the backyard and bury it (we wont name names). Once the foundation found out, we were able to have this material picked up and disposed of in accordance with state rules. We also took samples of materials that were disturbed because of renovations taking place identifying materials to avoid such as the textured ceiling.

March 2007 a tornado damaged many homes in the Clovis, NM area. The foundation attended two Town Hall Meetings to address concerns regarding asbestos materials in the damaged homes. Alicia & Jesse Gutierrez at 1212 S. Oak Clovis, NM 88101 was told that their home was not safe to occupy because of the damage to the roof and ceiling in the house. They were told by the inspector that the materials were asbestos and that the home would probable be demolished. They did not have homeowners insurance so they would have been left homeless. The foundation assessed the damage and took many samples to determine if asbestos was present. All of the materials sampled came back from Assaigai Laboratories in Albuquerque negative for asbestos (NAD). In this case, the fact that this home did not have asbestos in the damaged materials allowed Alicia & Jesse to keep their house. The home was repaired and is occupied at this time. Charles Perea was also able to talk on the Grant McGee radio show KTQM on 4/9/2007 in Clovis, NM and was published in the Portales News-Tribune on 3/31/2007.

July 17, 2007 1400 Los Arboles NW in Albuquerque; this home had an old heater that was no longer working properly and was in need of replacement. The owner wishes to remain off the record because she lives alone in this house after her husband died in 2001. She contacted the foundation after finding out the wrap on the heater pips were suspected asbestos by the heater contractor that was there to give a quote on replacing the heater. She contacted all of the listed asbestos abatement contractors to have the asbestos removed and was given quotes that averaged $4,000.00. She was referred to the foundation by ACME Environmental because she explained that she did not have much money and she was retired. Charles Perea, founder of the JOPF collected and processed samples that came back 70% Chrysotile asbestos. This is typical of heater wrap used in the 1940’s around the time this home was built. Yes, this is a high amount of asbestos and yes, disturbance would have cased health concerns. The owner of this house has a new heater and again, the asbestos was removed without causing disturbance using wet methods and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). All of the materials removed were disposed of in accordance with state and federal regs.

August 1, 2007 180 Peralta on the Cochiti Pueblo New Mexico; this home had popcorn ceiling that was in need of repair after a leek in the roof stained it. The roof was repaired but the ceiling was falling apart. Andrew took samples on his own because he remembered hearing that ceilings could contain asbestos. The samples came back 12% Chrysotile asbestos. Kimball and Andrew contacted the JOPF to find out what they might be able to do on their own to deal with this hazard. Charles Perea drove out and looked at the ceiling, took pictures and determined that the ceiling did need to be removed. Instructions and assistance on how to properly scrape the texture using wet methods were provided and followed. All of the materials were properly handled and disposed of in accordance with state and federal regs. Kimball is 8 Months pregnant and they have a 5-year-old boy. They will never have to worry about the ceiling again.

The foundation has also answered many questions from people that are considering repairs or renovations. 2007 has been a bad year for flooding and other natural events that cause damage to materials. The JOPF will continue to provide information and relief for people that know that we are a resource. Funding is the big hurdle right now but answering questions is free. Please pass the foundation information on so that others can get the help before disturbance occurs.

Over the course of the last year the foundation has met with and has the support of the following state agencies in New Mexico:
Governor, Bill Richardson/Becky Gear, Constituent Services @ 505-476-2246
Environment Department, Cabinet Secretary, Ron Curry @ 505-827-2855
Mayor, Marty Chavez @ 505-768-3000
Chief Public Safety, City of Albuquerque, Nick Bakas @ 505-768-3000
City of Albuquerque, Planning Director, Richard Dineen, AIA @ 505-924-3352
City of Albuquerque, Chief Building Official, Bob Williams @ 505-924-3305
City of Albuquerque, Enforcement & Compliance Wiiliam Gallegos @ 505-768-1958
City of Albuquerque, Public Information Officer, Deborah Nason @ 505-924-3911
City of Albuquerque, Air Quality Bureau, Billy Gallegos Enf/Compliance @ 505-768-1958
City of Albuquerque, Hazardous Waste Eileen Shannon @ 505-768-2669
Environment Department, Director, Jim Norton @ 505-827-2932
Environment Department, Air Quality Bureau Chief, Mary Uhl @ 505-955-8086
Environment Department, Air Quality Bureau, Section Chief Debra R. McElroy @ 505-955-8058
Environment Department, Air Quality, Asbestos, Royce Wyrick, @ 505-955-8076
Environment Department, Bureau Chief, OSHA, Butch Tongate @ 505-476-8700
Environment Department, Pollution Prevention Program, Michelle Vattano, 505)827-2836
Environment Department, Solid Waste Bureau, Chuck Akeley @ 505-827-2924
New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department Director, Lisa D. Martinez @ 505-476-4689
Environmental Protection Agency, Robert Courtnage @ (202) 566-1081
Environmental Health Epidemiology, Department of Health Chief, Len Flowers @ 505-841-5893
Environmental Health Epidemiology & Response, Linda Causey @ 505-476-8721

New Mexico state agencies are working with the foundation to find funding that will help educate our communities. The foundation will reach out to all states as funding allows. This web page as well as our toll free information line is available to all. Please help me spread the word about this resource. Together we can prevent exposures that will lead to cancer.

My father Johnny O. Perea died on April 6, 2001 from Asbestos related cancer of the lung (mesothelioma). It was a slow painful death. I miss him and I'm not just going to stand by and allow this to just continue....

With all of the nations flooding and water damage issues, it is important to know that you can take safety precautions to avoid exposure to the damaged materials that contain asbestos.

Basic Rules
• Worker Protection: During removal, you will need to protect yourself from breathing or spreading asbestos fibers by wearing an appropriate respirator, disposable coveralls, disposable gloves, and rubber boots.
• Wetting: Wetting is critical to asbestos fiber control. Before, during and after removal, asbestos materials should be thoroughly saturated with water in order to keep asbestos fibers out of the air. Once removed, asbestos debris should be kept wet until packaged and sealed for disposal.
• Containment: You will need to contain your asbestos debris by constructing a plastic containment around the ceiling areas you wish to remove. This is accomplished by covering walls and floors within the project room or rooms to ensure all debris is captured and remains on plastic sheeting during removal.
Personnel and supplies
It is recommended that three workers perform the job.
Two should perform the work and a third should be "standing by" outside the work area to provide water, tools and other supplies as needed while work is in progress. This will minimize the need for removal workers to remove disposable clothing and put on new for each exit and entrance to the work area.
Protective equipment and clothing
Before beginning your project, you will need to obtain the following items:
• Respirators: Half-face, dual cartridge respirators, each equipped with a pair of HEPA filters (color coded purple). Request from the vendor a fit test to ensure a proper fit and instruction on performing a check of the respirator seal prior to each use. Respirators provide little protection if they do not fit properly. Respirators must be worn continually by each person within the containment.
Note: Persons with beards cannot be adequately fitted with this type of respirator and should not work within the containment.
• Coveralls: Several pairs of disposable coveralls with built-in booties should be purchased. Over-sized coveralls make it easier to move around. One pair will be needed for each entry into the containment area. Every time a worker leaves the containment area during a removal project, coveralls should be disposed of in a properly sealed asbestos waste bag. This will help ensure all asbestos debris remains on plastic.
• Rubber Boots: Lace-less, pull-on rubber boots without fasteners will protect coverall booties so they do not wear through. Rubber boots can be washed off later or disposed of as contaminated debris.
• Eye protection: Each worker within the containment area should wear non-fogging goggles.
• Rubber gloves: Several pairs of durable, disposable rubber gloves should be purchased. Rubber gloves should be worn by each person in the containment area. Every time a worker leaves the containment area, these gloves should be disposed of in an asbestos disposal bag. A new pair of gloves should be worn with each re-entry into the containment area.
Tools and Supplies
• Tank sprayer (2-3 gallons): This will be your means of wetting spray-on ceiling materials.
• Liquid dish washing detergent: Mixed at one cup per five gallons of water for best wetting results.
• Wallboard taping or "putty" knives and a dust pan: The best sizes of knives for scraping have four to eight-inch blades. The dust pan is for catching the spray-on material as it is removed and placing it in the asbestos waste bag.
• Step ladder: A six foot or taller aluminum or fiberglass ladder should be used when hanging the containment and during removal. Chairs and shorter ladders are not recommended. Remember that you will be wearing goggles, coveralls and rubber boots which limit vision and mobility.
• Polyethylene plastic sheeting (poly): This will be used to create containment areas. You will need enough 2 or 3 mil sheeting to cover 1.5 times the area of the walls and enough 6 mil sheeting to cover 3 times the area of the floors.
• Asbestos waste disposal bags: These bags will be used for containing asbestos contaminated debris and materials. The bags should be sized 33 inches by 50 inches and made of 6 mil polyethylene. Each should be preprinted with required asbestos warnings. Assume you will need at least four bags per 100 square feet of ceiling to be removed.
• Duct tape: Numerous rolls will be used in building the containment area and in sealing waste bags.
• Clean, disposable rags: A large supply should be on hand for assorted removal and clean-up purposes.
• Encapsulates: These could be latex primer paint or an approved latex asbestos sealing product. They will be used for sealing areas after the spray-on material has been removed.
Note: Asbestos-specific equipment and materials may be purchased from safety equipment vendors listed under "Safety Equipment and Clothing" in the Yellow Pages.

Prep work for removal of spray applied textured ceiling is the example:

First things first
1. Post signs warning "drop-in" friends, family and other visitors of the work taking place.
2. Remove all furniture from the room(s) where the spray-on removal is to take place.
3. Turn off heating/air conditioning systems and seal the vents with poly and duct tape. If the vents are mounted on the ceiling, wait until the containment is constructed to remove the vent covers.
4. Turn off all electrical power to ceiling fixtures in the project area at the breaker box. Even though the light switch is turned off, there are often live wires at the light fixture.
5. If lighting is required to conduct the project, it should be wired to a circuit outside the removal area and protected with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt (GFCI) outlet.
Build a containment area.
1. Throughout the area of the house where the spray-on ceiling is to be removed, cover the floors with 6 mil poly. Place the sheets so that they overlap room edges by about a foot. Run the extra foot of sheeting up the wall and tape the edges there securely. Make sure there is plenty of excess poly - do not pull tight - so that the poly will not pull away from the walls when you are working near the edge of the room. Tightly seal all seams between sheets of poly with duct tape. If spray-on removal is going to take place in areas that are joined by halls or spaces where no removal is to take place, lay a layer of 6 mil poly sheeting on the floor to create a path on which to walk between containment areas.

WOW! THAT'S A LOT OF WORK YOU SAY? That is how it is done right. There is no shortcut. If you don't do it right you could be looking at long term health problems like asbestosis. If you end up with mesothelioma you need to know there is no cure. There is on going medical research to find ways to treat and detect asbestosis and mesothelioma but, so far the treatment options are not good. The GOOD NEWS now that you know not to disturb the materials that contain asbestos you will not be exposed and therefore you will not get sick and die 10 to 50 years down the road. More importantly your kids wont continue to be exposed. They are counting on us to make sure they have a future without the hazards that we just left behind!!!
Help me get it done and be a part of the fix. 30 years from now we can all look back and say we really did cause a drastic reduction in the number of deaths from asbestos exposure. I think our kids will thank us.
I have questions.

By definition, anything less than 1% asbestos is “negative” i.e. is not classified as an “asbestos containing material”.
1) What is the practical difference between 1.01% and 0.99%? The legal difference would be 1.01% would be asbestos containing whereas the 0.99% would be negative.
2) Also, there is “no known safe exposure level for asbestos.” What about 0.5% or 0.02% or 0.001% ? These percentages are less than 1%, but we do not know that they are safe.

I believe that the presence of asbestos is more important than the % concentration in the material. I believe that the presence of asbestos (in any detectable concentration) should trigger the taking of precautions designed to keep the dust out of the air.

Also, is it worth noting that mold, lead paint, and mouse droppings require similar precautions so that the contaminants will NOT become air born?


Royce, as you know I could not agree with you more, on all of it!!! The foundation will use AHERA Standards established for schools. Any asbestos is asbestos and should be dealt with as such. The foundation will also talk to the issues of any and all hazardous materials as they are identified in our processes. The links below will also take you to information on all of the items you mentioned.


Charles Perea


As a non-profit foundation I will need your charitable contributions to fund the following services:

Educate homeowners regarding the hazards of disturbing Asbestos building materials.

Sampling materials that will be impacted during home remodeling projects or repairs.

Eliminate the hazard one project at a time, one home at a time so that our kids don't have to deal with the effects down the road.

Please send a charitable contribution to help fund these efforts. Thank you....


JOHNNY O. PEREA FOUNDATION @ 877-857-0480 OR email me @


Some studies have suggested an association between asbestos exposure and gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, as well as an elevated risk for cancers of the throat, kidney, esophagus, and gallbladder.

Asbestos exposure may also increase the risk of asbestosis (a chronic lung disease that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage) and other nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders, including pleural plaques (changes in the membrane surrounding the lung), pleural thickening, and pleural effusions (abnormal collections of fluid between the thin layers of tissue lining the lung and the wall of the chest cavity). Although pleural plaques are not precursors to lung cancer, evidence suggests that people with pleural disease caused by asbestos exposure may be at increased risk for lung cancer according to the National Cancer Institute.

Friday March 30, 2007
The foundation in cooperation with the Community Action New Mexico provided informational handouts as well as N95 respirators to people in attendance at the Town Hall Meetings. The foundation will be conducting testing of materials that were damaged as a result of the tornado's in Clovis, NM. I would like to thank Ona Porter, Executive Director of the Community Action New Mexico. She pledged $500.00 to provide respirators in support of the foundations efforts to protect people that have to clean up the damage. I would like to remind everyone that there is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos. Please make sure you take protective measures when dealing with construction materials. Please refer back to the information section of this web page for work methods.

New U.S. finding links asbestos to yet another cancer - larynx cancer
Provided by: Canadian Press
Jun. 7, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) - There is evidence that asbestos can cause cancer of the larynx, the Institute of Medicine reported Tuesday.

Asbestos has long been associated with lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lining of the chest and abdomen.

The U.S. Senate asked the institute, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, to look into the possibility that other forms of cancer could also be related to the fibrous mineral once widely used for insulation.

The panel concluded there is sufficient evidence to connect asbestos and laryngeal cancer. It found nine studies that supported the connection. It also noted that certain cancers of the larynx - the portion of the throat containing the vocal cords - and of the lung are similar.

The disruption in air flow caused by the vocal cords could add to the chance that asbestos fibres are deposited in the larynx, the report noted.

The analysis concluded that the evidence is suggestive but not conclusive connecting asbestos with colorectal and stomach cancer and cancer of the upper throat. It said there is insufficient evidence to connect asbestos to cancer of the esophagus.

11-23-05 -- Colon Cancer Risk Could Be Heightened By Asbestos Exposure

It has been suggested that exposure to asbestos could heighten the risk of colon cancer in men. The data comes from United States researchers, after a study was performed making comparisons between men who had been exposed to this carcinogenic substance and men who had not. Investigators revealed their results in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Dr. Mark R. Cullen from Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, stated: "This issue has been long contentious, and raises the interesting issue of how the fibers cause cancer in the gut." The information from a cancer prevention trial was used to make investigations into the increased risk of colon cancer in men exposed to asbestos.
Researchers reported that the men in the asbestos exposed group used for the study has a thirty-six percent higher chance of developing colon cancer than those in the non-exposed group. It was also revealed that the men with long term exposure of 21-30 years had a seventy-four percent higher chance of developing the cancer than those with exposure of ten years or under.
Dr. Cullen stated that in light of the heightened risk of those exposed to asbestos cancer screening "should be aggressively pursued in view of their higher risk."

* The Asbestos Services in the UK link below is a great resource for information. In the U. S. we still have not banned asbestos, so, that is why we need to be careful not to use dates when warning people about asbestos in thier homes. Again, this link is a great resource for information on Asbestos.

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