asbestos News

Contractor Fined $74K Over Asbestos-Tainted Debris at Oregon Site

A company has been fined over $74,000 for improperly sending asbestos-tainted debris to a landfill in Southern Oregon. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality described the violations as “major magnitude violations,” but said the problems have since been “properly abated …

Alaska Companies Fined for Asbestos Violations

A man and two companies in Alaska have been sentenced to three years probation and a $35,000 fine for violating the Clean Air Act involving asbestos work at a shopping center more than five years ago, a judge said. The …

University of Pennsylvania Vows $100M to Fix School Building Hazards

The University of Pennsylvania has announced that it will contribute $100 million to the School District of Philadelphia over the next decade to deal with environmental hazards such as asbestos and lead in school buildings. Officials said the contribution of …

Oregon Easing Some Asbestos Rules to Speed Wildfire Cleanup

Oregon officials are relaxing some requirements for handling ash and debris containing asbestos to speed work in removing debris from homes and buildings destroyed by wildfires. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission on Friday also authorized the temporary stockpiling of asbestos-containing …

Care for Montana Towns Polluted with Asbestos Transferred to State

State regulators are taking over maintenance of a decades-long environmental cleanup in two northwestern Montana towns where lung-damaging asbestos contamination has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on last week transferred responsibility for protecting the …

Agency Says Asbestos Cleanup Complete in Montana Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the completion of all required cleanup activities within a unit of a Montana Superfund site. The federal agency removed a portion of an asbestos-contaminated mining operation in Libby from its National Priorities List, The …

Court Nixes $64M Award Against Fireman’s Fund in Reinsurance Spat with Utica Mutual

A federal appellate court on Tuesday overturned a jury’s award of $64 million against Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. for allegedly breaching the terms of a reinsurance agreement. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals found that Fireman’s Fund was not liable …

Wyoming School Board Approves $230K Asbestos Settlement

A pending lawsuit was settled with a Wyoming school board after they agreed to pay $230,000 over asbestos exposure at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper. The Natrona County school board approved the payment Monday, and said money would come …

Lawsuit Alleges Pennsylvania School District Knew About Lead, Asbestos Contamination

Current and former employees of a Pennsylvania school district claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday that officials knew for years that unsafe levels of lead and asbestos posed potential health risks for students and staff but never disclosed the information …

Asbestos, Looting Plague Colorado Springs Apartments

Colorado health officials say they’re looking into asbestos contamination at an apartment development and warn the property owner could face fines for violations. Over 100 residents of the apartment buildings in southeast Colorado Springs have been told to leave in …