asbestos News

Insurers Suspect Fraud, Sue Phillips Asbestos Trust

Six insurance companies are suing an asbestos personal injury trust set up by a U.S. unit of Philips that the insurers suspect has been making millions of dollars in fraudulent payments to parties that cannot prove they were harmed by …

AG Comes Down On Washington Business For Asbestos Training

Two Tacoma business owners entered guilty pleas on Friday in Pierce County Superior Court after Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson leveled multiple charges against them for allegedly selling substandard asbestos worker training courses and certifications. The business is Environmental Management Training …

Heavy Asbestos Fines for Hanford Contractors in Washington

Two contractors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington will pay more than $175,000 in fines after an investigation found alleged asbestos violations. The Environmental Protection Agency says CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. will pay $131,594 and Washington Closure Hanford …

Wisconsin Governor Signs Controversial Asbestos Lawsuit Bill

Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed into law a bill that critics say would delay and deny justice to those who seek damages in court after falling ill from exposure to asbestos. The asbestos bill, which was introduced last year and …

Colorado Residents Worried About Asbestos

Grand Junction, Colo. residents are concerned about asbestos contamination after a home exploded last year, forcing dozens of people to evacuate. According to KREX-TV, Colorado Mesa University later bought the property and hired a company to clean up the site. …

Only 2 Inspectors For Asbestos Projects in Iowa

Two inspectors are responsible for making sure thousands of asbestos-removal projects are being properly handled in Iowa each year. The Des Moines Register reported that the lack of inspections at asbestos removal projects was highlighted by problems at a downtown …

Appeals Court Upholds Convictions in Tennessee Asbestos Case

A federal appeals court last week upheld the convictions of two men found guilty of violating federal environmental laws during the demolition of a Chattanooga, Tenn., textile mill that contained large amounts of asbestos. James Mathis and Donald Fillers were …

Asbestos Case Wrongly Dismissed: Wisconsin Court

A Wisconsin appeals court says a case brought on behalf of a worker who died as a result of asbestos exposure was wrongly dismissed. The 1st District Court of Appeals on Friday ordered a trial in the case, saying the …

Settlement Reached in Vermont Asbestos Mine Cleanup

A settlement has been reached with the owner of a former asbestos mine in northern Vermont to help cover the costs of some pollution controls. Vermont Asbestos Group also has agreed to pursue $3.5 million in insurance money that could …

Wyoming Serves Casper With Notice Over Asbestos

Montana officials have served the city of Casper and a contractor with notices alleging they failed to fully test for asbestos before demolishing an abandoned house. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that a notice from the Department of Environmental Quality alleges …