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A coalition of 15 attorneys general are calling for a tougher asbestos reporting rule as part of the recently-revised Toxic Substances Control Act. Maine’s newly elected Attorney General Aaron Frey said last week the coalition wants to eliminate the exemptions for asbestos within the current Chemical Data Reporting guidelines. The attorneys general have asked U.S….

By Holly Camero hcamero@wickedlocal.com Posted Feb 4, 2019 at 1:45 PM Updated Feb 4, 2019 at 1:45 PM    The “old wing” of Maynard’s Green Meadow School has been shut down for the remainder of the school year. In a press release, Superintendent of Schools Robert Gerardi stated the 1950s-era section of the elementary school would remain closed so a licensed environmental contractor could remove old…

James Thorpe, Northlake Capital & Development, 3917 Densmore LLC, and Chris Walters have each been cited for 11 willful and serious violations, with fines for the four separate investigations totaling $789,200. Jan 25, 2019 OSHA Online Two business owners and their companies face numerous citations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines from the…

New England is such a beautiful place to live, and those of us who are able to call this historic area home, know all too well the struggles that comes along with aging homes and buildings. One of the more silent, but deadly, issues many have found to be in their home or business is…

The asbestos cleanup of Libby, Montana, is coming to a celebrated close. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon end the largest, longest-running asbestos cleanup project in American history. It’s a bittersweet ending to what is left behind. The 19-year, $600 million EPA Superfund project aimed to right the wrongs created by the shuttered W.R. Grace and Co. vermiculite…

Rock Hill Quarry. Google Earth screen shot. All operations at  Rockhill Quarry in East Rockhill, Pa., were halted on Dec. 5, 2018, after the quarry notified the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that it found asbestos when it began work in a new area, the Bucks County Courier Times. The quarry is owned by Hanson Aggregates Pennsylvania,…

In the early half of the 20th Century, asbestos was widely used as Christmas decor because of its white, fluffy appearance — but that was before it was recognized as a major risk factor for an aggressive form of cancer known as mesothelioma. Asbestos was once marketed as artificial snow and sprinkled on trees and…

Internal documents show that J&J talcum powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that the company kept that information from regulators and the public. Read the full story

Prior to the early 1980’s, asbestos use was common among builders in the United States.   Asbestos is an effective insulator and, when mixed with materials like paper, cloth, and cement, a strengthener- hence its popularity in construction. These properties made asbestos desirable and profitable for businesses, but builders quickly discovered that the fibers from…

Although it is legal in many states, homeowners or other non-professionals should not attempt to remove or alter asbestos-containing materials (ACM) on their own. A licensed asbestos abatement professional should ALWAYS assess the area and take care of any removal or disturbance. This is where we come in. The legal definition of asbestos abatement is…

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