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U.S. EPA, HALL-KIMBRELL SETTLE ASBESTOS IN SCHOOLS COMPLAINT

 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a consent agreement with Hall-Kimbrell Environmental Services Inc., settling allegations that the company violated provisions of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) when performing an inspection and developing management plans for asbestos at four California school districts and one Arizona school.
 As part of the settlement, Hall-Kimbrell will pay a civil penalty of $100,000. The settlement also requires the Lawrence, Kan.-based company to correct other management plans it developed that are found to be deficient.
 The inspection violation occurred at the Dewey Avenue Elementary School in the Garvey School District, Rosemead. The management plan violations occurred at the Knightsen Elementary School District, Knightsen; Woodside Elementary School District, Woodside; Canyon Elementary School District, Canyon; Garvey School District; and Light and Life Christian School, Phoenix.
 Hall-Kimbrell has since corrected the management plan violations and spent about $850,000 completing follow-up compliance work at schools in California, Arizona and Hawaii.
 The consent agreement settles a complaint brought by U.S. EPA against Hall-Kimbrell in August 1991. The complaint cited Hall-Kimbrell for failure to properly inspect and sample a building for asbestos at the Dewey Elementary School, and for failure to develop plans mapping out areas where both friable and nonfriable asbestos sampling has occurred.
 AHERA was passed by Congress in 1986 to protect school children and school employees from exposure to asbestos. It requires public school districts and private nonprofit schools to inspect all school buildings for both friable and nonfriable asbestos; to develop plans to manage asbestos that exists in the school; and to carry out the plans in a timely fashion. Schools often hire accredited contractors such as Hall- Kimbrell to perform inspections and develop management plans.
 Asbestos regulations are intended to keep asbestos fibers out of the ambient air because no safe exposure level to airborne asbestos fibers is known. Asbestos can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of the chest and abdominal cavity. During renovation or demolition projects involving asbestos-containing building materials, asbestos fibers can become airborne for considerable periods of time if materials are not wetted down or packaged correctly.
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 /CONTACT: Lois Grunwald of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1588/


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