A company from the state of Oregon is facing a fine after being found guilty of unlicensed asbestos removal. The company, the Tektoniks Corporation, is said to have removed asbestos floor tiling without having the proper license to do so. The company now faces a fine of around two and a half thousand dollars.

Officials have said that the company could have put the lives of many local residents in danger by carrying out the removal of the asbestos tiles, as many asbestos fibers could have been released into the air. Exposure to these fibers can lead to a range of health problems, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

The fine is being imposed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and comes after the company was found to have removed asbestos materials from two sites without the required licence to do so. This breaches strict regulations that are in place with regards to asbestos removal in the United States.

The company, which is based in Walla Walla was given some time to respond to the allegations. The locations where the asbestos tiles were removed by the company were 1889 E. Highland Ave, in Hermiston, and 868 College St. in Milton-Freewater.

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