Each week, Cooney & Conway scours news outlets and wire services from across the country to find the most interesting and informative stories and features about the latest news related to the mesothelioma and the asbestos industry.
This week includes an update of an explosion in downtown Baltimore, the discovery of asbestos at a few Texas school district buildings, and an Ohio contractor heading to prison after being convicted for failing to abate asbestos on a demolition project.
Ohio contractor sent to prison in asbestos case
A federal judge in Cleveland has sentenced a demolition company owner to 21 months behind bars and ordered him to pay $876,228 in restitution for failing to abate asbestos on a project in Canton.
Baltimore steam pipe explosion damaged 33 vehicles, frustrates car owners
A steam pipe explosion in downtown Baltimore damaged 33 vehicles last week and sprayed poisonous asbestos onto several cars, leaving vehicle owners wondering who pay for repairs.
Texas school district buildings test positive for asbestos
Remodeling plans for buildings in a Texas school district are at a standstill after an inspection resulted positive in asbestos.
Concern over asbestos postpones of WA apartment fire investigation
A fire that ripped through a Kennewick, WA, apartment complex left several residents with no home. Asbestos concerns have kept fire crews out of the building while investigators work to determine the cause of the fire.
Illinois county committee approves asbestos survey
Plans for an asbestos survey at the Madison County Wood River Annex building in Edwardsville, IL, took a step forward with the preliminary approval of a purchase request for the work.
Rhode Island elementary teachers worried over possible ‘cancer cluster’
With demolition dates nearing, North Providence, R.I., teachers say they’re still in fear of a possible “cancer cluster” at two elementary schools in town, as 20 current and former teachers have been diagnosed with cancer, mostly breast and pancreatic cancer.
7 Harrison, PA, buildings to be tested for asbestos, then razed
Seven dilapidated structures in Harrison, PA, will be tested for asbestos in preparation for demolition.
Asbestos concerns lead to MA school renovations
Teachers at Pine Glen Elementary School in Burlington, MA, made a quick exit from the school this summer as part of the school’s flooring will be torn up and re-tiled due to concerns about asbestos in the building.