The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly settled cases that were lodged against three schools in Maryland and the school district in relation to violations of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The EPA hopes that the action will help to ensure the safety of asbestos management procedures in the schools.

Those against which the cases were settled by the EPA were St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore , Saint Paul ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kingsville and the Dorchester County Public School District .

It is claimed that the schools failed to include and inspect all buildings as part of the asbestos management plan, did not submit the plan as required, did not notify parents and staff of the plan on an annual basis, and did not carry out regular re-inspection as required to do so under the regulations.

The schools have now agreed that they will comply with the AHERA regulations, and officials from the EPA have said that they do not believe that anyone was exposed to asbestos as a result of the violations that occurred.

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