A company that was found to have breached asbestos related regulations has been fined. The fine was imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in Johnston, Rhode Island. The company that has been fined is the Bilray Demolition Company. The firm has been fined over two hundred and fifty thousand dollars in total. This comes after officials at the EPA accused the company of failure to follow proper procedures when removing asbestos.
It is alleged that the company breached regulations when removing asbestos at a site at the former Seaboard Foundry. EPA officials claim that the demolition company failed to inspect the building properly and also failed to notify EPA officials about the removal and demolition work.
The EPA claims that the actions of the company meant that it had breached the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos and the Clean Air Act. Under these regulations the removal of asbestos and demolition work at a site with asbestos has to be reported to the EPA.
Asbestos is a potentially deadly substance that is a known carcinogenic. Health problems can occur through exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers, and some of the problems that this exposure can cause includes scarring of the lungs, serious respiratory problems, and a form of asbestos related cancer known as mesothelioma.