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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 …

Asbestos Found in Colorado Tower Damaged by Fire

The more than 100 residents of a senior living complex in Colorado Springs, Colo. who were evacuated because of a fire won’t be able to return for at least two month. The Gazette reported officials told tenants of the 11-story …

Part of Asbestos Cleanup Site in Montana Removed from Superfund List

U.S. officials have removed part of a Montana asbestos cleanup site from its Superfund list in the latest sign that the 17-year cleanup is ending, though the asbestos-related health problems for thousands of people remain. The 45-acre area is five …

Supreme Court Finds Manufacturers’ Duty to Warn Sailors Where Asbestos Added Later

Manufacturers have a duty to warn about potential dangers of parts with asbestos that were later added onto their products by third parties, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The ruling, in a case involving sailors diagnosed with cancer, says …

Mass. High Court Rules Statute of Repose Applies to Asbestos-Related Claims

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a statute of repose barring many construction-related personal injury claims after a time limit of six years also applies to claims involving diseases with extended latency periods, such as asbestos-related illnesses. The …

Johnson & Johnson Facing Justice, SEC Inquiries into Baby Powder Litigation

Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it has received subpoenas from the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to litigation involving alleged asbestos contamination in its signature Baby Powder product line. The company said it intends …