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Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority Assists Town of Vaughn With Asbestos Fine

The Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority has decided to help the Town of Vaughn with its defunct landfill, asbestos pile, and fines from May.

EPA Gives $2.1M to Improve Firefighting Efforts Near Asbestos Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given $2.1 million to expedite firefighting capabilities at the Libby Asbestos Superfund site in Montana.

Thatcher Mills Burns to the Ground Causing Asbestos Concerns

The former Standard Coosa Thatcher Mills building burned to the ground last week, causing concerns about potential exposure to asbestos.

South Korea Strengthens Its Asbestos Regulations

South Korea has revised its Asbestos Safety Management Act to update regulations for renovations and demolitions of buildings containing asbestos.

EPA Awards Oklahoma Nearly $203,000 for Asbestos Protection

The EPA has awarded the Oklahoma Department of Labor $202,970 to help protect school children and state workers from asbestos exposure.

Recently Released Records Show Portland Public Schools With Asbestos

Records were released last week showing that many Portland Public Schools contain asbestos, exposing students, teachers, and staff to this deadly substance.

Asbestos Removal Uncovers Unknown Areas of Coughlin High School

Asbestos work done by Apollo, Inc. in Coughlin High School reveals a hidden passageway, skylight, and ample steel.

ADAO Applauds Obama’s Signing of the 21st Century Chemical Safety Act

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) celebrates President Obama’s signing of the 21st century Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act.

Rochester Man Sentenced for Exposing Employees to Asbestos

A man from Rochester, NY, was sentenced to two years of probation and 150 community services hours and fined $15k for exposing employees to asbestos.

Hillsboro Landfill Fined $6,400 for Failing to Cover Asbestos Properly

Hillsboro Landfill Inc. has been fined $6,400 by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for improperly covering asbestos waste.

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July 28, 2016
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Asbestos in Older Homes

“Asbestos has been used for thousands of years in textiles and construction, due to its impressive resistance to heat, fire and moisture. Then, in the late 1800s, it became common to use asbestos in housing, as insulation, floor tiles, and other products. These practices continued into the 1980s, and such homes are still standing today. For those considering purchasing or renovating a house built before 1990, there is always the risk of asbestos in various parts of the home. Though usually innocuous if left undisturbed, when doing renovations it is important to know what to look for, and how to safely deal with any asbestos found in the process.”