A Salinas, California trucking company has agreed to a $150,000 settlement after improperly stripping, removing, transporting, and attempting to dispose of asbestos-containing materials from a greenhouse. Robles and Robles Trucking Quality Service, Inc. claimed that its workers were unaware that asbestos was present in the materials.
The Monterey County Deputy District Attorney says the crew failed to perform the required work practices that must be followed when disturbing asbestos and failed to follow the laws involved in proper transportation and disposal of hazardous waste.
The materials the trucking company had removed and transported for disposal consisted of 10% asbestos. The World Health Organization has stated that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Any amount of exposure to the carcinogen can put an individual at risk for fatal, asbestos-related diseases.
Luckily the workers were stopped from disposing of the asbestos-containing materials when they reached the Johnson Canyon Landfill in Gonzales, a landfill that does not accept hazardous waste.
Robles and Robles agreed to pay $110,000 in civil penalties and $40,000 for the costs of the investigation and enforcement. Do you think more needs to be done about companies who do not take the proper precautions with asbestos-containing materials? Let us know your thoughts within a comment below.