Ohio Files Suit Over Improper Asbestos Removal

The state of Ohio is suing a resident who did not take proper precautions when demolishing a building.An Ohio property owner is being sued by the state attorney general for hiring a contractor who did not follow proper asbestos removal protocol while demolishing two buildings in the city of Elyria, according to the Chronicle-Telegram.

The properties, owned by Donald Mountain, were destroyed in 2007, according to the newspaper. The lawsuit claims Mountain hired the Cleveland-based Richard’s Your Outdoor Connection for the project.

The toxic substance suit, which was filed by attorneys in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Attorney General’s office, claims that neither Mountain or the company notified the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency with their plans to raze the properties. In addition, it says that a full asbestos inspection of the buildings was not done prior to demolition.

Ohio law requires a remediation plan be filed through the state EPA before asbestos is removed from a building in order to ensure the particles do not become airborne in the community, reported news source.

Microscopic asbestos fibers may become airborne and inhaled when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition, according to the U.S. EPA. Asbestos has been shown to lead to cancer in individuals who are exposed to the substance.