California Family Upset about Asbestos in Landfill

One California family is finding out the hard way that asbestos is a problem that never goes away as they struggle with the news that asbestos has been dumped near their home for decades without their knowledge.

Now the Vacaville, CA family is questioning whether the company who runs the dump even has the ability to dispose of the asbestos properly.

When Eric Warnken bought his house in Vacaville, the dump had yet to be built. Now he has to deal with the smell of garbage and all of the other issues that come along with his unwelcome neighbors. Warnken has made several complaints about the smell, but nothing has been done. According to Warnken, it’s the company’s inability to manage or even acknowledge the smell problem that makes the asbestos issue so worrisome.

“If I can see paper and regular garbage blowing around inside their fence, what happens with asbestos?” he said. “They try to tell me there is no smell when there is. That’s why we doubt what they tell us. I take what they tell me with a grain of salt.”

Warnken’s fears may be warranted. The inhalation of airborne asbestos can lead to serious health problems, including lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma cancer. For residents who live close to an asbestos site whose exposure is constant, the health risks are serious.

According the company that manages the landfill, the asbestos in question is specially packaged and inspected before disposal and is buried separately from the rest of the solid waste in an isolated unit. They also monitor the site with regular air checks, and all employees are regularly tested for asbestos exposure during an annual physical. After two decades of asbestos disposal at the facility, all tests have come up clean.

If you have been exposed to asbestos from the negligence of any company, and have developed an asbestos-related condition such as mesothelioma as a result, you may be entitled to compensation under asbestos law. Contact a mesothelioma law firm to learn more about your rights and about how a mesothelioma attorney may be able to help.