EPA Seeks Your Help in Apprehending an Individual that Dumped Asbestos

TOLEDO, OH (WTVG) — Sixty bags of regulated asbestos waste were dumped in two Toledo neighborhoods in late October or early November. Thirty-seven bags were dumped at a vacant house on LaGrange Street in north Toledo and 23 bags were left in an alley near a garage on St. Louis Street in east Toledo. Ohio […]

TOLEDO, OH (WTVG) — Sixty bags of regulated asbestos waste were dumped in two Toledo neighborhoods in late October or early November.

Thirty-seven bags were dumped at a vacant house on LaGrange Street in north Toledo and 23 bags were left in an alley near a garage on St. Louis Street in east Toledo.

Ohio EPA’s investigation indicates the same person or people are responsible for both incidents. Evidence suggests the dumping occurred between October 30 and November 5. The dumping was discovered and reported to Toledo authorities and then to Ohio EPA on November 3 and November 5.

Ohio EPA believes someone may have seen workers renovating a building in the area and wants this information. Anyone who worked on a project that generated bags of asbestos waste in this time period is encouraged to contact Ohio EPA.

Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber that has been used in a variety of building construction materials. However, when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed during demolition or renovations, the microscopic fibers can become airborne and can be breathed into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.

Asbestos is a highly regulated material with special handling and disposal requirements.

Ohio EPA is seeking assistance from people who saw a work crew, possibly dressed in white protective suits, cleaning out a large building, someone dumping the bags or with related information. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Rick Hassinger at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office in Bowling Green at (419) 352-8461 or 800-686-6930.

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