McNamara Realty in San Luis Obispo, California is a real estate and property management company responsible for managing residential and commercial properties for buyers and renters. Recently the company was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and the district attorney’s office. Reports from the APCD showed that McNamara Realty placed the health of surrounding residents and workers at risk by improperly removing and disposing of asbestos-containing ceiling material. Prosecutors then filed a civil environmental enforcement lawsuit against the company for the following violations:
- Failed to notify APCD before removing asbestos-containing ceiling material
- No certified asbestos professionals were on site during removal
- Failed to track the material as it was removed and transported
- Material was not disposed of at a facility permitted to receive hazardous waste
Sadly, it is not unheard of for companies to ignore regulations and remove hazardous asbestos-contaminated waste like this. Asbestos removal can be costly and time-consuming. However, the alternative option of placing the public at risk is extremely negligent. Inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers causes deadly diseases, so anyone who was near this contaminated ceiling material has now been exposed and is at risk.
At Brayton Purcell LLP, our experienced mesothelioma lawyers have been representing individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, or other asbestos-related diseases for more than 30 years. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and would like to speak with an attorney about your legal options, call 1-800-598-0314 for a free consultation.