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December 2017 Archives

Wildfires prompt asbestos exposure concerns

The recent California wildfires have swept through the state, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres. The Thomas Fire was one of the largest in California history and covered about 238,500 acres. These large-scale wildfires are not limited to California. North Carolina has already had over 100 wildfires this month. Those living through these fires should be aware that these wildfires have an asbestos exposure risk.

Number of annual mesothelioma deaths on the rise

Malignant mesothelioma is a disease often contracted from occupational exposure to asbestos. The latency period for the disease is approximately 20 to 40 years, sometimes as long as 71 years. Therefore, despite increased regulation of asbestos, more North Carolinians are discovering that they have mesothelioma due to their exposure to asbestos decades earlier.

Case of alleged unsafe asbestos removal at high school settled

An asbestos abatement company has lost its license after being sued by the Attorney General's Office last year. The company was contracted to perform a $65 million renovation project at a Massachusetts high school and is accused of illegally conducting demolition and renovation. Unable to pay the civil penalties it incurred, the company forfeited its license to perform asbestos abatement work. Also named in the lawsuit for failure to adequately supervise the work was a construction company and two subcontractors that were hired to monitor the asbestos removal.

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