Asbestos in the News - Alliance
February 15, 2012

Asbestos in the News

Written by Alliance Environmental

Asbestos Released in Demolition Leads to Fines and Corrections

A $300,000 restitution judgment and four years of community corrections result from a Colorado homeowner’s decision to hire untrained workers to demolish his house, releasing loose asbestos into the air. It is also suspected that he reused some of the asbestos-contaminated materials after the demolition.

In California, as in Colorado, it is illegal to allow asbestos fibers to enter the environment and property owners must use licensed contractors to do these jobs or risk fines and other penalties, not to mention disease for themselves, their families and their neighbors. Any demolition where asbestos is present must be done by professionals who know and comply with all safety rules and regulations for the demolition, removal and disposal of this dangerous material.

Asbestos Found at California State University, Northridge Campus

Several buildings at the CSUN have tested positively for asbestos, causing the administration to issue health warnings to all staff and students. Materials such as putty, pipe insulation, weather stripping, water pipes, and floor and ceiling tiles were found to be still in use in campus buildings.

These materials are not thought to be an immediate health threat, but we all know that asbestos is unsafe in any location. Students and staff have been cautioned against drilling holes or hanging objects from walls or ceilings, but the issue will definitely have to be addressed by having a licensed team in to remove the asbestos safely in the near future.


Asbestos Found in Two Water Pumping Plants Near Bakersfield, CA

Although plant owners reassure the public there was never any danger to water safety, two plants in the last month have tested positive for asbestos, causing speculation on not only water safety but the safety of workers at the plant as well.

The Chrisman and Wheeler Ridge pumping plants were those found to be contaminated. The Buena Vista plant is now being tested. The asbestos has already begun to be cleaned up at the other two plants.

As I said, there is always news about asbestos—after all, the US is importing more asbestos than ever. But since there is no safe level of exposure, awareness of what products can contain asbestos and what to do if you find asbestos is all important. We at Alliance Environmental Group are committed to providing information as well as asbestos abatement services in California.

Check out our previous blog posts about Asbestos:

Asbestos 101 – facts about asbestos
Asbestos Today – where to look for asbestos in your home
Dashing Through the Asbestos? – odd old products that contained asbestos

Someday, asbestos will be a thing of the past, but today we must raise our awareness so that no one is exposed today only to get sick tomorrow.

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. She welcomes your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!



Other Environmental Posts

View Category
May 18, 2022
Alliance Environmental
The month of May is dedicated to National Wildfire Awareness Month. Knowing how to prevent and be prepared for wildfires is crucial to the health and safety of all. Over the last few years, every corner of this country has been affected by devastating wildfires. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 45,518 wildfires burned…
April 13, 2022
Alliance Environmental
Spring is in full bloom, and Easter is around the corner. As we enter the second quarter of the year, we are starting to see a return to life as we had once known. More people are dining out. Travel has seen an increase as people go on vacation, and retail shops see an increase…
March 8, 2022
Alliance Environmental
We at Alliance Environmental Group would like to acknowledge the women who continue to break down barriers and excel in all industries but specifically those who play key roles either in the field or positions of management and leadership. March helps us celebrate these phenomenal women with the celebration of International Women’s Day and the…
January 6, 2022
Alliance Environmental
Here’s wishing you a wonderful start to 2022 and a prosperous year ahead. With a new year, we are afforded with the opportunity for us to focus on ensuring safety while effectively addressing indoor air quality and the need for us as a community to maintain clean and sanitary environments at home, school, workplace, or…
December 27, 2021
Alliance Environmental
The HOA & Manager’s Guide to Mold in Apartment Complexes
Winter is here and that means one thing when it comes to mold: it’s time for it to grow and spread. Since mold prefers areas with high humidity and moisture, winter can pose an issue for apartment and condo complexes in particular as it is harder for these spaces to regulate the condensation that happens…
December 20, 2021
Alliance Environmental
Dangers of Lead in Children’s Toys and the Home
Protecting families from health risks is something everybody wants to do, and within many homes, there are still risks of lead poisoning for children and adults alike. Lead has been banned in many household products and children’s toys, but it is still a problem that can affect families. The holiday season is a big time…
December 17, 2021
Alliance Environmental
Your Guide to Prepping Facilities for Winter
When we think of winterizing, we often simply think about preparing for the colder temperatures, ensuring that pipes don’t burst and the like. But proper winterization is about more than inspecting pipes. It’s about improving the heating efficiency in your facilities, increasing safety and workflows, and ensuring that the occupants are comfortable and content throughout…
December 13, 2021
Alliance Environmental
Understanding Asbestos Risks During Winter Renovations
The holiday and winter seasons are a great time to get together with family and friends, however, it is also a great time to get some home renovations done while off from work. These renovations are often small, but they can still come with risks if working on an older home that could contain asbestos.…
December 2, 2021
Alliance Environmental
December has dawned upon us, and we have entered the final stretch of what can be summarized as a tumultuous year. The holiday season is here, and as we look back on the past year, we can reflect on how we have had to adapt to pandemic life and living in this new normal way…
November 2, 2021
Alliance Environmental
We have just commenced with the penultimate month of the year, and we have a lot to be thankful for. November marks National Gratitude month. As we move ahead with our daily lives and routines, we should be reminded of the importance of Thanksgiving and giving back. In chronological order, November 11 is Veterans Day.…
View Category