A Pennsylvania townships claim that a local contractor failed to remove asbestos ahead of a July 2011 demolition will be tested in court this month.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the lawsuit filed by Reserve Township claims that Belick General Contracting failed to properly remove asbestos before taking down a building two years ago at 2010 Mount Troy Road. The suit alleges that Belick did not get the necessary permits and failed to tell regulatory agencies that there were significant levels of asbestos in the building.
Following the demolition, an inspection by the Allegheny County Health Department uncovered asbestos in the debris, according to the Post-Gazette. The township had to hire another contractor to properly clean up the debris.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with excellent fireproofing and insulation properties. It was once widely used in construction materials such a roof felt, floor tiles, and pipe insulation. However, we now know that exposure to asbestos can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer.
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tough requirements governing the removal and handling of asbestos. The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations under the Clean Air Act outline safe practices for dealing with asbestos during demolitions and renovations. Violations of these rules may lead to serious penalties.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free case evaluation, contact Sokolove Law today.