asbestos News

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 …

Texas Chemical Plant Fire Brought Under Control

AUSTIN, Texas , NOV. 29 —Officials lifted evacuation orders Friday for around 50,000 people on the Texas Gulf Coast, determining a massive fire was finally under control at a chemical plant rocked by two major explosions three days earlier. “We …

Vermont Anti-Poverty Group Fined for Asbestos and Safety Hazards

A state investigation details a Vermont anti-poverty group didn’t tell its employees that one of its facilities contained asbestos, exposing workers to health and safety risks. The investigation that concluded in May shows that the Northeast Kingdom Community Action paid …

Washington Company Penalized for Asbestos and Lead Safety Violations

A Bellingham, Wash.-based property management company has been cited by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries for multiple serious safety and health violations, most of which involve improper handling of asbestos and lead. As a result of the violations, …

Washington Hotel Owner Faces Charges Over Asbestos Removal, Fined $355K

A Seattle, Wash. hotel owner is facing a felony perjury charge and state Clean Air Act violations after authorities said he lied about having uncertified workers remove asbestos during a renovation. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Friday he filed the …