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The internal Watchdog of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US criticised it for mismanaging tests on methods for demolishing buildings with asbestos, it has been reported.
Between 1999 and 2011 the EPA conducted research on alternatives for demolishing the buildings and allowed some tests to be performed in Fort Worth, Texas from 2006 to 2007.
It is reported that the EPA spent $3.5million on the programme, but concluded that it did not work as well as traditional methods. The Watchdog has reportedly concluded that EPA officials did not perform the research through a controlled and defined agency process that would have ensured consensus and oversight, and also allowed a breach of environmental laws. It is further alleged that the public was put an potential risk of exposure to asbestos.
Andrew Stinchcombe of Novum Law comments:
“This is another example that we cannot be complacent about asbestos in the environment. Even though the potentially deadly effects of asbestos have been well known for many decades, the public can still sometimes be put at risk if asbestos is not monitored extremely closely”.
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