Improper asbestos removal delays school start for suburban district

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Improper asbestos removal delays school start for suburban district

A public health inspector found the improper removal of asbestos in classrooms at a south suburban middle school, prompting a delay to the start of classes at Country Club Hills School District 160, reports CBS Chicago.

Parents were notified of “unforeseen construction delays” without informing them of the discovery that asbestos removal was not being done properly in three classrooms at Southwood Middle School. Classes will begin on Monday, August 21.

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St. Louis officials say no asbestos found near Clemens House after fire

Clemens House fireThe Environmental Protection Agency has found no trace of asbestos near the Clemens House in north St. Louis, according to city officials.



OSHA fines NC county for asbestos issues in courthouse

OSHA fines NC county for asbestos issues in courthouseThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued three citations and fined the Davidson County government $6,500 in relation to asbestos issues in the Davidson County Courthouse in North Carolina, according to a press release.


Maine-based environmental center sues EPA over toxic chemical rules

The Portland-based Environmental Health Strategy Center has joined two lawsuits challenging the Environmental Protection Agency for rewriting rules that determine how the agency will regulate toxic chemicals found in consumer products, building materials and workplaces as well as in drinking water and food.


City council OKs demolition of facility where asbestos present

Eureka, Calif., council OKs demolition of cold storage facility where asbestos present
(The Times-Standard)

The Eureka City Council on Tuesday discussed the emergency demolition of the waterfront cold storage warehouse that burned down in June.



Firefighters union raises asbestos concerns from Honolulu high-rise blaze

Mesothelioma and Asbestos NewsNearly a month after more than 120 Honolulu firefighters responded to the city's largest-ever high-rise fire, many are being asked turn in their jackets, hoods, and pants because of potential asbestos contamination.


Michigan audit says state behind on asbestos inspections

Michigan’s Auditor General found the state’s asbestos remediation program needs more inspectors and more money. The program is falling behind in its reports and follow-up visits, Michigan Radio reports.


Asbestos-laced materials land in Australia through goods made in China

Asbestos-laced materials land in Australia through goods made in China
Australian carpenter at work.
Picture: Justin Lloyd

Building materials laced with lethal asbestos are landing in Australian homes and building sites, as Chinese companies flout the country’s asbestos ban, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Australian Border Force identified thousands of shipments as “high risk” for asbestos during 2016-17, but left 90 per cent of them to slip through to building sites, hardware stores and supermarkets.


Jury awards millions to Portland man with asbestos cancer

Jury awards millions to Portland man with asbestos cancer
Robert and Bonnie
Sprague (Family photo)

A Portland jury awarded a $5.4 million verdict to a married Oregon couple after the husband was stricken with a terminal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos in the Navy and while working as a pipefitter decades ago.



Asbestos levels in Tex. city drinking water above EPA containment levels

Asbestos levels in Tex. city drinking water above EPA containment levels
(Source: KLTV News Staff)

Traces of asbestos in the drinking water in Arp, TX are above the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum contaminant level, according to a letter sent out to residents last week.

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality says that the situaion is not an emergency and residents do not need to use an alternative water supply.


Development firm challenges asbestos violations fine

A Pennsylvania development firm is seeking to reduce fines levied for illegal removal and disposal of tons of asbestos at a 135-acre research property in Churchill.


Ohio school delays start after tile damage releases asbestos dust

A central Ohio private school is pushing back the start of the school year after asbestos dust was released following damage to tile floor. The 2017-18 school year is now expected to start on Sept. 22.


Asbestos found at Sydney Opera House

Asbestos found at Sydney Opera House
Australia's Sydney Opera House

Electricians working on a $200 million renovation at the world-famous Sydney Opera House has prompted a work stoppage after the workers were exposed to asbestos fibers for five days. 

The ban includes about 25 electricians involved in electrical services on the iconic building.


Aurora City Officials Threaten Asbestos Lawsuit

The city of Aurora has issued a notice of intent to sue the owners of the old Copley Hospital to get them to remove or mitigate asbestos in the old buildings on South Lincoln Avenue.


Indonesia Asked to Ban Asbestos Use

The Indonesian government has been asked to join 55 countries worldwide in banning the use of asbestos.


State takes oversight, investigative actions on asbestos after fire

State takes oversight, investigative actions on asbestos after fire
Fire sparks asbestos concerns
in Honolulu high-rise. 

Two Hawaiian state agencies are taking action over asbestos removal at the scene of the massive fire at the Marco Polo building.


Asbestos found in some Arkansas Capitol spaces

An Arkansas state House committee learned that asbestos was found in two meeting rooms and in adjoining offices that will be renovated in the next several months at the state Capitol.


Two firms settle case over illegal asbestos removal

The contractor in charge of razing a former Massachusetts YMCA building and a consultant hired to monitor the work have paid a total of $180,000 to settle a state lawsuit alleging that they caused or allowed illegal asbestos work at the site.


Illegal asbestos removal potentially exposed residents to fibers

A Massachusetts man has been fined for illegally removing asbestos at a home without a state contractor’s license, potentially exposing residents to harmful asbestos fibers.,514477


St. Louis residents concerned about future of Clemens House

Clemons MansionA fire in an historic home with ties to Mark Twain is still raising some serious concerns for residents. The debris that went flying through their neighborhood - much of it still laying around has residents upset with how the developer is responding.


Asbestos-riddled Oxford University building 'could be demolished'

One of Oxford University’s largest buildings has been recommended for demolition after the discovery of asbestos.

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