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DOE fined due to asbestos hazard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently fined the Department of Energy (DOE) in Richland due to taking down asbestos laden nuclear reservation infrastructures in Hanford several years ago, a report on Monday, October 21 stated.

According to the initial warning issued by the inspector general of the EPA two years ago, the procedure of removing asbestos at Hanford in 2009-2010 had potentially risked the health and safety of people. The department was ordered to pay $115,000 in fines for violating rules on handling asbestos. The violations were revealed after the EPA conducted an inspection and evaluation on how Hanford complied regarding the handling of asbestos last year.

An agreement was made between the DOE and EPA last March to avoid using heavy equipment in taking down infrastructures due to the asbestos risk that may endanger the health of the workers.

Unfortunately, far too many people are exposed to asbestos through the negligence and others, such as in this situation. To learn more about this and your legal options if this has happened to you, call 800-781-3955.

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