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January 1, 2012

Wet Asbestos Removal: EPA Inspector General says the department should stop the unapproved process

On Dec. 15, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Inspector General signed a report to stop all unapproved asbestos removal methods employed by the EPA.

The report supports what Public Justice, a public interest organization, has been advocating for years—that wet asbestos removal methods expose on-site workers and nearby residents to asbestos, thus increasing their risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. Past asbestos exposure for those workers and residents continue to plague individuals and their families with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease diagnoses.

"Public Justice has worked tirelessly to expose the dangers of this method of asbestos removal. It wasn't until it forced the EPA to share documentation through a Freedom of Information Act request and a lawsuit in federal court that the organization began to publicly acknowledge the dangers," said asbestos lawyer and Public Justice Board of Directors member Anne McGinness Kearse.

Read the entire article on the dangerous asbestos removal methods used by the EPA on the Public Justice's website.

Learn more about how Motley Rice mesothelioma lawyers are working to protect people and families suffering as a result of mesothelioma.