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Trucking firm to pay $150K for violating asbestos dumping law

A Salinas, California-based trucking company recently agreed to settle fines worth $150,000 in Monterey County for mishandling and improper disposal of debris that contained asbestos minerals, a September 23 article from KRON 4 stated.

According to reports, employees of Robles Trucking Quality Service, Inc. illegally hauled rubble from a demolished greenhouse that contained toxic asbestos minerals. Deputy District Attorney James Burlison stated that the Johnson Canyon Landfill in Gonzales where the debris was transported is not allowed to accept toxic wastes. The total amount of fines the trucking company will have to pay may be lessened by $30,000 if they properly dispose of the debris within the time period given to them by the court.

Environmental authorities and the federal law have proven that asbestos minerals can cause fatal mesothelioma cancer if inhaled into human lungs. If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, a lawyer may work for you if negligent parties are involved. Learn more about asbestos hazards and how a lawyer may help you today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

UC Davis students possibly exposed to asbestos

Students in the University of California Davis may have been exposed to asbestos dust while workers bore holes in asbestos-laden walls in two old buildings.

Two workers for the university recently revealed the presence of asbestos in parts of Olson Hall and Wellman Hall. Students inside classrooms were possibly exposed to asbestos as workers drilled holes in the walls while ventilation and air conditioning systems were functioning. Workers claimed that they were not warned of the presence of asbestos while working in the two old buildings. The university claimed that buildings had been certified as safe from asbestos, however, there were documents that showed that some materials used in the facilities contained asbestos.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic mineral that is used in wall insulations in old buildings. People are at risk of developing mesothelioma if asbestos is released into the air and is inhaled. If you want more information about asbestos and its harmful effects, get in touch with a lawyer today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Ohio school found with asbestos

The debris from a demolished building at an elementary school in Conneaut reportedly contained asbestos according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Star Beacon reported on September 11.

Linda Oros of the EPA stated that they found asbestos from the debris while the building at Amboy Elementary School was being demolished last August. The EPA was unable to measure the amount of asbestos from the building because they were not informed before the demolition was started. The EPA is requiring the demolition contractor to remove the debris and special actions will be done to avoid asbestos from contaminating the air. A charge of first-degree misdemeanor was filed against property owner Rudy Pryately Sr. after he neglected an order from a fire official. The EPA initially suspected the presence of asbestos in the school that was constructed several decades ago.

People unfortunately suffer from a rare and often fatal lung cancer called mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the air. However, if you think this happens to you or to a loved one, financial assistance may possibly be given to you if negligent companies are liable. If you want to know more about the dangers of asbestos or how a lawyer may work for you, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Workers in Illinois exposed to asbestos

At least eight workers renovating an elementary school in Okawville, Illinois were exposed to asbestos. The companies responsible are facing stiff penalties from federal authorities, an article from the U.S. Department of Labor reported.

According to investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), companies Kehrer Brothers Construction and D7 Roofing committed numerous OSHA violations for exposing their workers to asbestos. The companies reportedly did not provide trainings and information to their workers regarding the dangers of asbestos. The two companies may face fines of $1,792,000 if they fail to contest the multiple citations given to them by OSHA.

Asbestos dust can become airborne and lodge into the lungs of those working around the material are left unprotected. When asbestos is inhaled, people are at high risk of developing fatal mesothelioma cancer. If you want to know more about the dangers of asbestos and what you need to do if you are exposed to the mineral, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

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