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Vermont towns to decide fate of asbestos mines

Two towns in Vermont will be voting whether or not an asbestos mine will be named as a site of Superfund hazardous waste or not.

If named a Superfund hazardous site, it will be cleaned up and turned into a biomass plant in the future. There is currently a developer that is interested in the abandoned mine site, but the area must be cleaned first and this could cost up to $2 million.

Last year, the two towns were asked to vote yes in order to turn the mine into hazardous waste site, but some are opposed because it may cause property taxes to raise in the area.

The cleanup for this process is said to take up to 10 years to complete and the EPA has stated that it will not be on the Superfund list unless it was approved by nearby towns.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and would like to learn more about the side effects associated with it. Contact us for more information or visit our website  at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org in order to answer any questions.

Man pleads guilty in federal court for violating asbestos removal laws

A man from Harper has recently plead guilty in a federal court for violating the environmental laws put in place when removing asbestos from a building. Asbestos is known carcinogen when it becomes disturbed and is the primary cause of the lung cancer, mesothelioma.

According to sources close to the case, the man’s charges stem from a building that he was in charge of demolishing nearly three years ago. The 55-year-old man has admitted that he was guilty for not filing a demolition notification with the Environmental Protection Agency before beginning to tear down the building.

After an inspection was done by health officials it was determined that the debris from the building contained asbestos that was in floor tiles. The man’s sentencing will be in April and he is facing a maximum fine of $250,000 and a maximum prison sentence of two years.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos without your knowledge and would like to learn more about the toxic material, contact us for more information or visit our website at http://www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Asbestos removal process complete at Piketon plant

An asbestos removal process has now been finished at a Department of Energy plant in Piketon.

The dry air plant in the X-333 Process Building used to be a gas diffusion plant and the asbestos was removed as a part of a decontamination effort. Before it was determined that asbestos materials could be dangerous for a person’s health, it was used in building products across the country.

If asbestos is undisturbed, it it not  a safety concern, but because many of the buildings at the site may be part of a large demolition project, the asbestos had to be removed to protect the safety of the environment and those working in it. Officials with the DOE have stated that several similar removal projects are underway at this time.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to disturbed asbestos and would like to learn more about this known carcinogen, contact us or visit our web site today for more information www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Civil lawsuit filed against company for improperly handling asbestos

A Philadelphia contractor has now been sued by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection after they illegally removed asbestos from a building and violated guidelines put in place by the department to remove the known carcinogen safely.

According to the civil lawsuit, Lovett Contracting removed 3,000 feet of asbestos insulation from piping that was above the grounds of a building that was to be demolished in early 2007. The contractor did not tell the EPA of this removal process.

The company broke the law by failing to wet the asbestos insulation and put it into containers that would not leak. This is done in order to stop as much air pollution as possible. The company did not even have the building inspected for asbestos. The company faces six asbestos-related charges.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and you would like to learn more about the possible risk factors, contact us or visit our web site at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org in order to have all of your questions answered.

Judge tosses out largest asbestos verdict

A Mississippi judge has tossed out the largest asbestos lawsuit in U.S. history after it was found that the victim’s parents were involved in a similar lawsuit against the some of the same companies.

The case involved  a man that claimed he developed asbestosis as a result of inhaling asbestos particles while working a mud compound that was made and sold  by Union Carbide Corporation and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. The man needs oxygen at all times as a result of the asbestosis and he was awarded $300 million in punitive damages and another $22 million in other damages.

After this trial, that the plaintiff’s father has filed two asbestos suits, one that was still pending and his mother and father already settled asbestos claims against the Union Carbide Corporation.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma as a result and you have a questions regarding the either, contact us or visit our site at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

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