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Yesterday we talked about the potential penalties for illegal asbestos removal in California. Today we read an alarming story about asbestos dumping in Pennsylvania.

Removing asbestos from buildings is only the first step in dealing with asbestos. The dangerous material also has to be disposed of properly.

Newly appointed East Penn schools Superintendent Michael Schilder learned soon after he started work that asbestos building material that had been dumped in the woods behind Wecosville Elementary School in the summer of 2013.

What to do?

Mr. Schilder knew that the decision to bury the asbestos was the wrong one.

We are not talking about a box of pipe insulation, either. There was enough asbestos debris on the site to fill 6 15-yard dumpsters.

With school budgets the way they are, it is a terrible shame that this school district must pay for the potentially deadly behavior of others, but the cleanup must be done. An investigation of the dumping is under way.

If you have asbestos-containing materials that need to be removed and disposed of safely, contact Alliance for help. Our teams can remove asbestos without harming you or your family, your employees, or your neighborhood.

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. We can only hope that the woods behind Wecosville Elementary are truly safe for those kids now that school has started.