Complete this form and receive a comprehensive mesothelioma & asbestos packet with detailed information about where to get treatment, legal options, how to cope, and much more.





Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, lung cancer or an asbestos-related disease?

Privacy Policy

Asbestos was used for decades in construction and shipbuilding. If you or someone close to you has worked as a drywaller, pipefitter, or in the Navy, you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos fibers. Learn more >

Mesothelioma is a deadly, elusive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. We provide free resources to help you understand diagnosis, treatment, and more. Learn more >

Dealing with asbestos-related disease can be hard. Finding the right doctor or hospital can make all the difference. Click here to see how we can help. Learn more >

Mesothelioma doesn't have to tear your family apart. We help you and your family get through this difficult time together. Click here to learn more. Learn more >

Michigan Governor’s Budget May Cut Asbestos Safety Inspections

Under pressure to cut costs as part of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s proposed budget, the Department of Environmental Quality may no longer be able to monitor compliance with asbestos safety regulations in buildings slated for renovation or demolition.

Asbestos, once a popular material in the construction industry, is known to cause a long list of serious health problems, including an aggressive cancer called mesothelioma. Removal and handling of asbestos is heavily regulated by federal law.

In 2008, the Department’s Air Quality Division conducted nearly 500 inspections, the majority of them unannounced, resulting in 53 violation notices. Though fines for breaking asbestos guidelines are low, a violation often exposes those involved to costly lawsuits from affected individuals.

However, the $350,000 program, which is primarily funded by the state, may no longer be able to exist under the Department’s new budget. If the inspection program is dismantled, Michigan would become one of only a few states (and the only one in the region) to rely on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for asbestos enforcement. The EPA believes that states are better staffed and better located to conduct asbestos inspections, according to George Czerniak, chief of air enforcement at the Agency’s regional office.

Czerniak could not say whether the EPA would be able to carry out as many inspections as the Department of Environmental Quality.

Contact Williams Kherkher

The mesothelioma attorneys at Williams Kherkher have been helping victims of asbestos exposure for over 25 years. For more information on asbestos safety regulations, or to schedule a consultation with our experienced legal team, contact our offices at 800-781-3955.

home  |  asbestos  |  mesothelioma  |  treatment  |  legal options  |  veterans  |  clinical trials  |  press  |  helpful resources  |  contact us  |  articles  |  blog  |  about  |  locations  |  sitemap  |  Log in
Copyright © 2004-2011 This Website has been prepared solely for the purpose of providing information about Williams Kherkher Law Firm, L.L.P., and the services and products it offers. Click here for the full disclaimer. Attorneys are licensed only in the state of Texas unless otherwise indicated in the biographical section. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Williams Kherkher's primary office is located in Texas. Terms of Use.
8441 Gulf Freeway, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77017-5051 -- 800-781-3955 | John Eddie Williams + | Find us on Google+