Friday, May 14, 2010

more asbestos troubles

 asbestos demo slideshow

recycling asbestos treated cement slabs

The Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") has acknowledged that "there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos." 51 Reg. 15722, 15728 (1986) (emphasis added). "Diseases associated with asbestos exposure include asbestosis, mesothelioma, cancer of the lung, and cancer of the gastrointestinal tract."

DEQ officials state:
DEQ regulates the conditions under which a storage site may operate in order to protect human health and the environment. We have no authority over zoning discrepancies. The zoning issue is a function of the Parish, and as such, a non-compliance issue will be handled by them.

On behalf of Concerned Citizens Around Murphy, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic (TELC) worked with Public Justice to stop EPA from conducting an experimental burn of asbestos contaminated waste in St. Bernard Parish that would have violated EPA’s own hazardous air pollutant regulations. TELC and Public Justice submitted a Notice of Intent to Sue the agency, alleging that EPA’s plans to experiment by departing from health and safety standards would treat “a storm-devastated Louisiana parish as a laboratory for illegal experiments.” In response, EPA dropped its plans to burn regulated asbestos containing material during the experiment.

^ Notice of Intent of Concerned Citizens Around Murphy to Sue to EPA (June 3, 2008)

^ EPA Response to Comments, Disaster Debris Reduction Pilot Project – St. Bernard Parish (June 23, 2008),

EPA further stated:"However, if these materials are in poor condition and are friable or they are subjected to sanding, grinding, cutting, or abrading, they are to be treated as friable asbestos material." (See Federal Register/Vol.55. No.224 / Tuesday, November 20, 1990 / Rules and Regulations / p. 48409)

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