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Floods in Queensland have Residents in Fear of Asbestos Exposure

Recent floods in Queensland, Australia, have damaged asbestos-containing structures placing contaminated debris in highly populated areas and causing the deadly carcinogen to go airborne. According to Queensland’s health organization, “residents have been advised to beware of coming into contact with asbestos.” Staff Report, Sunshine Coast Daily – AU 01/30/2013

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Two Massachusetts Companies Fined for Negligently Handling Asbestos

The Trust of Worcester and 7 Nana Steak House, Inc. of Lowell, Mass., were fined more than $37,000 for negligently handling asbestos-containing materials during a renovation project. According to the article, “the parties were cited and penalized for failing to notify Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) of a demolition/renovation operation involving asbestos-containing materials.” The two companies have negotiated a lesser fine with the MassDEP. Staff Report, Banker & Tradesman 01/30/2013

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New Jersey Inmate Work Crew was Negligently Exposed to Asbestos during City Renovation

An inmate work crew of Passaic County in Paterson, N.J., was negligently exposed to asbestos during the renovation of a municipal office where asbestos knowingly was present. According to Paterson Public Works Director Christopher Coke, “15 air samples taken at the site came back negative, as did tests on dust at the location.” This incident is currently under investigation by the Passaic County Sheriff’s office. Joe Malinconico, Paterson Press 01/26/2013

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Kentucky Elementary School Temporarily Closes Due to Potential Asbestos

South Heights Elementary School located in Henderson, Ky, has temporarily closed after renovation crew members found a material that could be asbestos. According to the article, the material was found when workers began pulling up the damaged carpet. Superintendent Marganna Stanley stated, a “leaky roof led to the discovery of possible asbestos in a classroom used by students in the third, fourth and fifth grades.” The school will remain closed until further notice. The Associated Press, 01/30/2013

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