HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: No Sloppy Work, Please

No Sloppy Work, Please

The cost of ridding buildings of asbestos insulation runs about $20 per sq. ft., or 100 times as much as the cost of installing the fireproofing mineral in the days before it was known to be a potent carcinogen. One result: in as many as half of all demolition or renovation jobs involving asbestos removal, the contractors or building owners ignore the costly safety procedures that the Environmental Protection Agency has had in effect since 1975.

Now the EPA is cracking down on sloppy work. Last week the agency filed suit against 34 organizations and individuals in eleven states, charging them...

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