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Massachusetts Real Estate Company Fined for Negligently Handling Asbestos
DARN Properties, LLC of Milford, Mass., was fined more than $28,000 for negligently removing and disposing asbestos-containing floor tiles during a 2011 renovation. According to the Department of Environmental Protection, “the company allowed asbestos-laden floor tiles taken from the property to be improperly removed and later disposed of in an open-top dumpster.” The EPA has made an agreement with DARN properties stating, DARN will only be responsible for $8,000 if they can go a year without any other asbestos violations.  Matt Tota, Milford Daily News  11/10/2012
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Asbestos Scandal: Imposed Ban on James Hardie Directors Reduced
James Hardie directors were banned from participating in any company functions for five years due to a recent asbestos fund scandal; however, that time has been reduced to two and-a-half years. According to the article, “the five-year ban was appropriate, but they’ve applied mitigating circumstances, including the public opprobrium that the directors have suffered, their exemplary records prior to the contraventions at James Hardie, their contributions to the community and their qualified contrition.”  Mark Colvin, ABC News Australia  11/12/2012
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Illinois School District Fined for Negligently Handling Asbestos
School District 95 of Lake Zurich, Ill., was fined more than $18,000 for negligently removing and disposing asbestos-containing debris during renovations. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, district 95 was cited for non-compliance in 18 areas. “The 17th violation was for removing floor tile at May Whitney School in February of 2011, without reporting to IDPH.” District 95 and the IDPH have negotiated a reduced fine amount of $7,500.  Claudia Lenart, Lake Zurich Patch  11/14/2012
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