In the whole state of Iowa, only two persons are assigned to supervise an average of 4,500 projects annually that deal with asbestos disposal, an article by the Sioux City Journal reported on March 3.
The concern regarding the lack of inspectors in the state was raised after a project last January came under fire after a second inspection revealed that there was a lapse committed in disposing of asbestos in the area. Under Iowa’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only inspector Tom Wuehr supervises the removal of the hazardous minerals in Iowa, while inspector Lynn Pickard, on the other hand, makes sure that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations for handling asbestos are being implemented.
A lack of asbestos inspectors is a nationwide concern, according to Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization president Linda Reinstein.
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