It is frighteningly common how many buildings in Ohio have asbestos. This is often discovered when the buildings are to be torn down. In many of these cases, it is necessary to have governmental intervention to clean up the area, and the owners of the sites find themselves facing legal trouble because of the asbestos and how it was removed and disposed. People need to be aware of the reality that asbestos might not just be present in their neighborhood, at their workplace and in their child's school, but that they are not properly informed about it and could face asbestos-related illness because of it.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is embarking on a cleanup at the site of a former factory. It will cost nearly $2 million. This is six years after the buildings at the location were razed and three years, following an owner of the property being convicted for improperly removing and disposing of asbestos. According to the EPA, it will take two months to complete the cleanup. Because asbestos is so dangerous and can cause cancer and respiratory issues for which there is no known cure, it is puzzling to legislators as to why it took so long.
The location once housed a business that manufactured spark plugs and other automotive items. The automotive industry was a heavy user of asbestos before its dangers became known. The former owner who was jailed for improper removal and disposal of asbestos purchased it in 2013 for $1. The charges reached the level of a felony as he did not have a certification or license to remove it. In addition to 30 days in jail, he was fined nearly $11,000 and paid more than $25,000 for the cleanup.
Anyone who was exposed to asbestos could be at risk for mesothelioma and other health issues. Its presence in many buildings and substances is frequently unknown and leaves people vulnerable to exposure without their knowledge. For anyone who has been diagnosed with a disease or illness that is clearly linked to asbestos or is suspicious that they might have been unknowingly exposed to it and are in danger, a legal professional experienced in asbestos-related illness can help them to understand whether they have a case to be compensated or not and start the process of filing a claim.