It's not often that a kind-hearted gesture results in a public health hazard. In recent months, the Cottrellville Township and two companies have been cited by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for failing to get a state-certified asbestos inspection.
Recently, a Philadelphia contractor was found guilty of violating the Clean Air Act. Not only did Anthony Biello II neglect to notify the Environmental Protection Agency and the Air Management Services in the City of Philadelphia that he was removing asbestos from a Philadelphia church in 2009, he forged documents that indicated that he received approval for the job.
Two New York men were sentenced to 21 months in prison after improperly cleaning up and disposing of asbestos materials in the city of Malone.
San Francisco City Attorney, Dennis Herrera, recently filed suit to hold a construction contractor and permit expediter accountable for asbestos exposure in multiple locations throughout the city during renovations.
Despite its use within thousands of consumer products all over the world, asbestos was declared to be dangerous to human health in the 1970's. Since then, many rules and regulations have been put into place to minimize exposure for those that are required to handle the substance on the job. Unfortunately, these rules and regulations are not always followed.