On Tuesday, we discussed a tough new asbestos standard set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but it is important to understand that the agency does far more than level fines and impose cleanup costs for companies around the country.
KOKI-TV reported on October 9, 2012, that the EPA awarded the Oklahoma Department of Labor $242,322 to help reduce exposure to asbestos in schools and state buildings through compliance monitoring. The funds will be used to complete audit inspections in local schools during the upcoming school year and verify asbestos abatement workers are properly trained and accredited, according to KOKI.
The EPA’s asbestos program for schools is mandated by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). Local education agencies are required under AHERA requires to inspect their schools for asbestos-containing building material and prepare management plans to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards.
The video above is from a March 1979 press conference in which the EPA announced its first guidance campaign for schools. It demonstrates that the agency has been working diligently to eliminate these public hazards for more than three decades.
Lung cancer and mesothelioma have been directly associated with prolonged asbestos exposure, and we have more information about occupations with high risk for mesothelioma available on our website. You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos, and you can use the form on this page or contact our firm at (800) 687-3333 to have our Dallas litigation attorneys review your case.
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