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Ohio School Under Criminal Investigation for allegedly organizing several dozen teenage students and others to remove debris from a building contaminated with asbestos.In 2008, the Washington Post reported in their article, Putting Mentally Disabled at Risk Is No Way to Cut Corners, that when the “Federal Aviation Administration decided to knock down an old guard shack last year on the grounds of the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg [...] managers called in a crew of mentally disabled people and put them to work at the site, which had been found in 1993 to contain asbestos.”In 2009, teenagers were recruited to clean up an abandoned train station in Detroit. After the work was completed, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality found that the debris removed from the station contained friable asbestos. The students were not given respirators or protective clothing.In 2010, charges were filed against three officers of a non-profit construction training company. The officers allegedly organized as many as 80 teenage student workers to remove asbestos containing material from a building project at the former Castle Air Force Base in Merced County, California. The students did not use appropriate safety equipment and were not notified that they were removing asbestos containing materials.Last year, in Dunwoody, Georgia, contractors failed to properly dispose of asbestos following a school renovation. The contractors carelessly placed asbestos floor tiles in unsecured dumpsters in a high school parking lot, where it remained for days. According to a neighbor of the school, dust from the debris visibly circulated in the air.
Reinstein: “Asbestos: No Longer the Magic Mineral”