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Iowa has lack of asbestos inspectors to oversee projects

In Iowa only two inspectors are assigned to supervise thousands of projects dealing with asbestos extractions every year, the Sioux City Journal reported on March 3.

According to reports, for the average 4,500 projects completed every year in Iowa, only Tom Wuehr is assigned to supervise removal of asbestos under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and Lynn Pickard is assigned to implement Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules regarding asbestos extractions. Wuehr said it is difficult to address asbestos complaints if the projects are scattered in different places, while Pickard raised the concern that many contractors take advantage of the state’s lack of inspectors.

In response, Iowa State Building & Construction Trades Council president Bill Gerhard said adding asbestos inspectors will help prevent shady contractors who perform substandard work from incorrectly removing the hazardous minerals.

Sadly, a lack of asbestos inspectors may increase the chance of innocent people inhaling this hazardous mineral. If you you have been exposed to asbestos, call 800-781-3955 to find out more about how it can affect you and what your options are in this situation.

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