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  • Maryland Passes Asbestos Worker Protection Law

    Beginning October 1, 2012, asbestos remediation workers in Maryland will be facing a fine five times larger then the maximum amount currently allowed by law for violating any environmental laws relating to asbestos in the state. Leaders of the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) say this new fine, a maximum of $25,000, is setting a standard all states should follow. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mesothelioma patient wants Indiana Asbestos Exposure Law amended

    An Indiana woman diagnosed with mesothelioma spoke in front of a legislative committee October 1, 2009, emphasizing the importance of amending an Indiana law that would allow additional time for workers exposed to asbestos to file a lawsuit against those who caused their exposure. Dorothy Kuykendall, 76, and others are working to change the law that currently give those exposed to asbestos 10 ...


  • HSE prosecutes English companies following multiple breaches of asbestos safety laws

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a stark warning about managing the risks from asbestos, following its prosecution of a two companies in Essex, after workers in their employment were exposed to asbestos containing materials. R Maskell Ltd of Loughton, Essex was fined £150,000 with costs of £30,000 at Ipswich Crown Court today (6th August). The company pleaded guilty to Section 2.1 ...

  • Working safely with asbestos – update

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its Approved Code of Practice and guidance on working safely with asbestos. The change involves combining two Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP) into one. As such, ACOP L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and ACOP L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos) are now both consolidated into the revised ACOP L143 (Managing and ...


    By Altius Vendor Assessment Ltd

  • Senate backs banning asbestos

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate voted on Thursday to ban the import and use of asbestos, which is still used in some industries despite its link to cancer, a crush of lawsuits, and earlier attempts to ban it. The measure would prohibit the sale of asbestos products two years after it becomes law, and represents the first wide-scale effort to prohibit asbestos in nearly 20 years. 'Today ...

  • EU Request UK to bring the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 into line with EU Law

    On the 16th of February 2011 the European Commission issued a press release stating that they had asked the UK to change provisions that exempt some maintenance and repair activities from the application of the EU directive1 on protection of workers from asbestos. This decision was taken as a result of a complaint made by the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) in 2006 to the ...

  • Japanese enforcement of air pollution law

    The Ministry of the Environment released a report on the enforcement status of the Air Pollution Control Law (hereinafter referred to as 'the Law') for FY 2006.  1. Purpose of the survey - The purpose of the survey is to acquire basic data for air pollution control administration by determining the current enforcement status of the Law. The collected information included the number of ...

  • Maryland Toughens Penalties for Asbestos Violations

    Beginning on October 1st, contractors who violate asbestos remediation regulation in Maryland could be fined up to $25,000, five times the current maximum penalty.  Maryland’s new asbestos worker protection law adds even stronger penalties than the existing federal asbestos removal regulations.  Union leaders in the state have hailed the new regulations that came about following a ...

  • Solve SEC and CERCLA asbestos liability

    At the same time forward-looking industry leaders are challenged by the uncertainties posed by the rising tide of state and federal environmental regulatory requirements, many utilities are engaged in rear guard actions, fighting the regulatory ghosts of industry practices discontinued decades ago. Until the latter part of the 20th century, the marriage of asbestos and the power industry seemed a ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Asbestos offences cost couple 80,397GBP

    Two waste operators who ran an illegal site in Benfleet have today (Fri) been ordered to hand over 80,397GBP compensation, confiscation and fines by Chelmsford Crown Court. A1 Bins and Waste Ltd’s director David John Tuffen and manager Nigel Lee Hickman were given suspended prison sentences in February after Chelmsford Crown Court heard that the company illegally stored waste at Towerfields ...

  • Solve SEC and CERCLA asbestos liability

    At the same time forward-looking industry leaders are challenged by the uncertainties posed by the rising tide of state and federal environmental regulatory requirements, many utilities are engaged in rear guard actions, fighting the regulatory ghosts of industry practices discontinued decades ago. Until the latter part of the 20th century, the marriage of asbestos and the power industry seemed a ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Anderson Man Sentenced for Knowing Endangerment by Release of Asbestos

    United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Scott William Farmer, age 37, of Anderson, South Carolina was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Spartanburg, South Carolina, for Knowing Endangerment by Release of Asbestos, a violation of 42 U.S.C. § 7413(c)(5). United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Spartanburg sentenced Farmer to 41 months imprisonment and 3 years ...

  • Mesothelioma a concern for Fresno Police employees exposed to asbestos

    According to city officials in Fresno, California, 90 police department employees were exposed to asbestos when the mineral fiber was disturbed during the installation of fire-suppression equipment in the department’s communication center. The construction crews had been working at the site since September 14, 2008 and recently discovered materials that possibly contained asbestos. Officials were ...


  • President Obama Proposes to Tackle Asbestos in Public Schools

    Shrader & Associates, LLP appreciates President Obama’s proposal to tackle asbestos in public schools. The proposal is included in the “American Jobs Act,” a bill intended to stimulate job creation in the United States while improving the standard of living for many. A portion of the $447 billion plan would go toward asbestos abatement, or the ...


    By Shrader & Associates

  • Asbestos in Soil - new ASTM International standard

    A new ASTM International standard is focused exclusively on testing soil for asbestos. D7521, Test Method for Determination of Asbestos in Soil was developed by Subcommittee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos, part of ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality. According to Alan Segrave, ...


    By ASTM International

  • Is asbestos risk lurking in your supply chain?

    The HSE ‘Beware Asbestos’ campaign paints a bleak picture of the asbestos situation in the UK. Asbestos is the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK and can still be found in many unlikely places such as ceiling tiles, boilers, lofts, and guttering. If disturbed and inhaled, asbestos can cause a number of diseases – the most fatal of which are mesothelioma and ...


    By Altius Vendor Assessment Ltd

  • Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure Risks in New York

    Last month, The Citizen published a report about an organization that runs a family and children’s center in Auburn, New York being fined thousands of dollars for improper asbestos removal.  The organization that runs the center was cited for three serious violations according to the article.   Asbestos-containing materials can still be found in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • California Apartment Owner and Contractor Face Asbestos Violations

    Asbestos testing services offered by LA Testing protect people, the environment and property from asbestos exposure. Los Alamitos, CA, July 26th, 2010 This month it was reported that two California men face heavy fines for asbestos violations at a Ventura apartment complex.  The building, constructed in 1964, recently had water damage from broken pipes that ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos supervisor sentenced for illegal removal at PA school

    Branko Lazic, 42, of Haledon, N.J., was sentenced January 11 in federal court in Philadelphia for the illegal removal of asbestos pipe insulation at a Pennsylvania elementary school. U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez sentenced Mr. Lazic to three years probation, including six months home confinement, $6,097 in restitution, $100 special assessment, and 50 hours community service in the Ambler, ...


    By Axcess News

  • Owner of Massachusetts` Largest Asbestos Training School Indicted

    The owner of Environmental Compliance Training was charged in federal court on Aug. 22 with falsely reporting the school had trained dozens of individuals to conduct asbestos removal work. One employee of the company was also charged, in a case jointly investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Attorney for the District of ...

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