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Failure by government agency could spark asbestos-related illness

Asbestos is widely known to be a potentially dangerous substance that can cause illness for Ohioans and people across the nation who are exposed to it. For many, the use of asbestos led to exposure during the time before it was understood to cause such illnesses as mesothelioma, asbestosis and other serious health problems. Once it was discovered to be dangerous, various state and federal government entities were trusted to monitor it. This is particularly important in schools since it was once used in these buildings regularly. If there is a failure in that responsibility, those who were exposed and became ill could have evidence to file a lawsuit.

A recent report has shown that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not met its responsibility in keeping track of asbestos in schools. From 2011 to 2015, there were only 13 percent of the required inspections it was supposed to do. This differs from states that were required to inspect schools as 87 percent of these inspections were done. In addition, there were reductions and eliminations of EPA resources to monitor asbestos.

Often, these monitoring tactics were only done after the EPA received a request to do so or because there was a complaint. This rendered it impossible to be certain of risk for asbestos exposure. Apart from specific instances, there is no federal ban on using asbestos. In 2016, however, there was a law passed that granted the EPA the authority to ban it. In recent months, there has been a growing willingness on the part of the EPA that would allow asbestos to be used with greater frequency.

People who enter any building or workplace will place their trust in monitoring agencies that the location is safe and free from danger. Part of that is to check for asbestos and to eliminate it if it is found. However, with the increasing idea that it can be used for certain reasons and the failure on the part of the EPA to keep a close eye on it as it should, there is a chance that people will be exposed and become ill. This is especially worrisome for schoolchildren. When there is a belief that asbestos-related illness came about due to a lack of vigilance on regulatory agencies, it is important for those who were sickened to discuss a lawsuit with a law firm that specializes in these cases.

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