According to a recent report the improper removal of the potentially deadly carcinogenic, asbestos, has resulted in hefty fines for two Connecticut firms. The action against the firms was taken by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, acting on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The report shows that a settlement has been reached with the two firms, and they have been fined three hundred thousand dollars as a result of the violations. The two firms involved were Anderson-Wilcox Corporation and Cutting Edge Concepts II LLC. The firms were charged with violation of the federal Clean Air Act. The violations occurred during the renovation of property in the spring and summer of 2002.

The report claims that a subcontactor worked on the project, and was acting on orders that were given to him. He removed a number of asbestos contaminated items, including around twenty bags of pipe lagging and also some vinyl floor tiles, which were also thought to have contained asbestos.

Officials claim that the companies did not wet down the asbestos that was removed in line with regulations, which increased the risk of the release of fibers and dust. Exposure to asbestos dust and fibers can result in a range of health problems including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

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