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Teacher Sentenced for Asbestos Violation

August 29, 2008

A Billings, Montana high school teacher recently pled guilty to a criminal violation of the federal Clean Air Act for arranging the removal of a small area of asbestos floor tiles without meeting all of the detailed regulatory requirements governing asbestos in school buildings. This unfortunate case serves as an abject reminder that asbestos regulations reach into every nook and cranny of every school building and that the consequences of noncompliance can be dire, even for individual employees who unknowingly violate these complex legal requirements.

The environmental team at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has worked with many school districts and other clients to defend asbestos-related enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Department of State Health Services. Perhaps more importantly, we have helped many of these clients develop and implement effective programs to proactively prevent asbestos violations and to avoid the negative health risks, enforcement consequences, and public repercussions associated with the mismanagement of asbestos-containing building materials.