A company from Painesville , Illinois , has been fined twenty five thousand dollars by the Environmental Protection Agency over asbestos related breaches, according to a recent report. The company is said to have violated air pollution laws during a project that was carried out last year in March 2007.

The report claims that the COE Manufacturing Corp failed to notify authorities about the removal of asbestos ten days prior to removal, as was required when asbestos was removed from five Bank Street properties. Exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers can result in a range of health problems, including the deadly asbestos related cancer known as mesothelioma.

The works carried out included the removal of asbestos containing pipe insulation from the properties, as well as asbestos containing floor tiles. An inspector discovered what had happened only after most of the asbestos containing material had been removed and taken away.

Whilst the investigation later revealed that the company had properly removed the asbestos containing products from the properties, the fine was still imposed as a result of the firm failing to inform authorities and because authorities could not determine whether any asbestos had polluted the air.

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