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Washington Asbestos Removal Company Fined $229K for Unsafe Conditions

An Edmonds, Wash.-based asbestos removal contractor has been cited by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries for multiple willful safety violations for improper handling of asbestos. Along with the citations, the company faces fines totaling $229,700. L&I has cited …

Legal Experts See Obstacles for J&J Appeal of $4.7 Billion Talc Verdict

Johnson & Johnson has vowed to appeal a $4.7 billion verdict awarded to 22 women who claim asbestos-contaminated talc in the company’s products gave them ovarian cancer by arguing the plaintiffs’ science was flawed and the case should not have …

Asbestos Found Throughout Giant New Mexico Apartment Complex

Testing has found that there’s asbestos nearly everywhere in an abandoned Alamogordo, N.M. apartment complex, a finding that complicates the city’s desire to demolish the dilapidated property. The Alamogordo Daily News reported that City Manager Maggie Paluch says the contractor …

Asbestos Concerns Halt Restoration of Century-Old Washington Hotel

Restoration work on a century-old former hotel in eastern Washington has been halted after air quality inspectors say they found signs of asbestos. The Spokesman-Review reported that the state Department of Labor and Industries stopped work on the Otis Hotel …

Montana Judge Rules Against in Insurer in $43M Asbestos Settlement

A Montana judge says a Nebraska-based insurance company is liable for a $43 million settlement between the state and people sickened by exposure to asbestos from a Libby vermiculite mine. National Indemnity Co. paid $16 million toward the 2009 settlement …

Oregon City Tightening Demolition Rules over Lead, Asbestos

Portland, Ore. is aiming to crackdown on toxic emissions by requiring developers to more thoroughly search for lead paint and asbestos before demolishing houses. The city council adopted rules that require those who seek to knock down a house to …

Unlicensed Contractor Sentenced to Prison for Fraud in Massachusetts

An unlicensed home improvement contractor whose false promises left an elderly Massachusetts woman’s home in ruins and others temporarily homeless is heading to prison. The Salem News reports that 49-year-old Jaime Ford was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday …

Construction Firm Disputes OSHA in Work at New Hampshire Power Plant

A construction company says it will challenge violations and nearly $330,000 in fines proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over possible mercury exposure at Eversource’s Schiller Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Connecticut-based Manafort Brothers Inc. began mercury and …

Asbestos Removal At Nevada Site to Cost $53K

A small city in northern Nevada is moving forward with the demolition of its old police station. The Elko Daily Free Press reported the Elko City Council is considering awarding a $53,000 bid to a company to remove asbestos from …

Former Students at California School Sue over Asbestos Fear

A judge has cleared the way for dozens of former student’s in California’s Central Valley to take their school district to trial over fears that a job-training program exposed them to cancer. Attorney Allen Sawyer said this week he represents …