USC Fined $175,000 for Asbestos Failings

The University of South Carolina has paid $175,000 in state fines relating to asbestos-related offenses in the last four years, prompting the school to make some changes to its asbestos policies.

The asbestos violations at the school occurred during construction and renovations that were occurring at three student apartment buildings, the building that houses the medical school, William-Brice Stadium, and a building at one of the university’s branch campuses. Records show that while the school promised on separate occasions to improve their management of asbestos products, they failed to actually do so.

To make matters worse, a number of workers and students may have been exposed to asbestos as a result of the school’s inability to manage asbestos.

“Without a doubt, the university should have the knowledge and capability of handling this properly,” said Brent Kynoch, managing director of the nonprofit Environmental Information Association in Washington, according to the Herald Online. “The fact that they are not doing it is unexplainable, as far as I’m concerned. These are not new regulations. They’ve been on the books since the 1980s.”

In the wake of the fines, and the public backlash it has faced for not properly protecting its students and workers from the mesothelioma-causing fiber, the school recently announced a new system to properly monitor any potentially hazardous sites that may contain asbestos products.

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