EPA Accuses Florida City of Violating Asbestos Regulations
According to an EPA letter dated March 25, the agency alleged several violations on the part of the city including: the failure to inspect the work site for asbestos, failure to conduct asbestos removal prior to doing work that would disturb asbestos and lead to the production of asbestos fibers and failure to dispose of asbestos-containing waste in a timely manner. These violations are punishable by fines of up to $37,500 per day of violation.
The asbestos was present in cement pipe that was removed during the reconstruction of Marco Island's Collier Boulevard, a major roadway. The EPA has charged both the main contractor for the project and the City of Marco Island with violating asbestos regulations. At a Marco Island City Council meeting that was held in April, many city residents asked council officials when they first learned of the EPA investigation.
There are different types of malignant mesothelioma. All are typically caused by asbestos exposure. They include peritoneal mesothelioma and pleural mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the lining of the abdomen while pleural mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs. There is no cure for mesothelioma but treatment therapies such as photodynamic therapy (PDT) have shown some success in helping some people with mesothelioma.
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