December 29, 2011 – The Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency issued a report that should end the unapproved ‘wet method” of asbestos removal. This method called for workers to hose down asbestos debris during building demolition. This poses a danger to the workers and nearby residents because asbestos fibers continue to be released into the air.
The Public Justice Foundation has been fighting to ban government agencies from using this unapproved method of asbestos removal for eight years. The Inspector General has clearly stated that any further use of this method is a serious threat to public safety and government agencies should immediately stop using it. The approved method requires all asbestos material to be removed by workers wearing protective gear prior to demolition.
Read the full report here.