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Country Acknowledges Global Asbestos Awareness Week

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP.

Last week marked Global Asbestos Awareness week, aimed at educating the public to the dangers of exposure. Acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak released a statement saying it is important for the country to focus on the health issues associated with asbestos-containing products. “For workers or homeowners, avoiding activities involving the disturbance of materials or products containing asbestos is the surest means of avoiding asbestos exposure,” Dr. Lushniak said in a statement. “While most individuals exposed to asbestos, whether in the home or workplace will not develop disease – there is no known safe level of asbestos exposure and precautions should be taken to protect your health.” “Apparent symptoms and disease may take many years to develop following exposure, and asbestos-related conditions can be difficult to identify. It’s important to note that tobacco smoke greatly increases your risk of lung cancer if you have already been exposed to asbestos,”…
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Men Sentenced to Prison Time For Exposing Students to Asbestos

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP.

In a bizarre story catching national headlines, two men have received prison sentences for exposing high school students in Merced County, California to asbestos. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced the men, Patrick Bowman and Rudy Buendia III, in a Fresno federal court last week to 27 and 24 months respectively in prison. According to the Merced Sun-Star, a third man, Joseph Cuellar, filed a motion to withdraw his no contest plea and will have additional time in court this year. A year ago, the men pleaded no contest to federal charges of violating federal asbestos laws. The three men were charged criminally after they used high school students to remove the substance from a renovation project at Castle Commerce Center’s Automotive Training Center from September 2005 to March 2006, according to the Sun-Star. The men were contracted with Firm Build to provide job training to high school students;…
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Lampasas City Council Reports Possible Asbestos Violation

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP.

According to the Killeen Daily Herald, the city of Lampasas had to report a possible asbestos violation to the Texas Department of Health last month. The paper reported that during a city council meeting, a resident asked if an asbestos survey was done on a destroyed city-owned building on Spring Street. The resident reportedly requested information from the city several times, but had not received any, according to the Herald. The council then reportedly requested a follow-up on the issue and ended up sending a letter to the health department requesting clarification as to whether or not regulations applied to the building since it was deemed a single-family home. “During renovation and repair of the Spring Street Pump Station and Ground Storage Tank, the city utilized multiple contractors, and in some cases, city personnel was used to keep costs down,” a city report said, according to the Herald. “Because city…
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