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An Iowa Contractor Agrees to a $40 Thousand Asbestos Removal Settlement

A Cedar Rapids contractor will pay $40,000 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the state of Iowa over improper asbestos removal from Washington High School during renovations in 2014 and 2015.

A judge signed the order Monday to resolve a 2019 lawsuit the state brought against Abatement Specialties, The Gazette reported. The lawsuit accused the company of failing to thoroughly inspect for and remove asbestos before the renovations, among other things.

Officials have said an anonymous tip about asbestos-filled debris lying in the school hallways during the renovation led to an Iowa Department of Natural Resources investigation that found asbestos fibers in air samples taken at the school in 2015.

Read the source article at Associated Press News

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