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Asbestos News

New Mexico asphalt company fined more than $800,000 for asbestos violations
An asphalt company was recently cited for asbestos violations by the New Mexico Environment Department.

Advantage Asphalt Seal & Coating LLC received a civil penalty of $817,000 for allegedly improperly handling, labeling, containing, transporting and disposing of more than 1,000 cubic yards of asbestos-containing waste, according to New Mexico Business Weekly.

The company reportedly dumped the hazardous material at a number of sites that included dumpsters at a high school and at another waste hauler’s operations yard. In addition, Advantage also allegedly dumped asbestos on the ground of an auction yard, according to the Environment Department.

Disposing of asbestos improperly can be dangerous as exposure to the deadly mineral can cause a range of serious illnesses including malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. About 107,000 people die each year from such diseases, according to the World Health Organization.

The news source reports that the waste in question was substantially more than 1 percent asbestos and needed to be disposed of with special requirements under New Mexico solid waste rules.
10/21/10

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