In December, we reported on the investigation being conducted at Kilgore College after an employee claimed there was a risk of asbestos exposure to employees on campus. Now, the investigation is closed with no violations found at the Texas school.
The investigation began when the campus facilities director alleged that for years there had been improper handling of asbestos, and that he was told by his supervisor to cover up the violations. According to a March 18 article in the Tyler Morning Telegraph, the Department of State Health Services closed its case on the “complaint investigation” against Kilgore College reporting that “the complaints were not substantiated.”
“With both the TCEQ [Texas Commission on Environmental Quality] and TDSHS [Texas Department of State Health Services] not finding any violations to state or federal asbestos laws, it is now official that these asbestos allegations were false,” Kilgore College spokesman Chris Craddock said, according to the Telegraph article. “At no time were students, employees or visitors to our campuses in any danger from asbestos.”
The Telegraph reports that the Kilgore College Board of Trustees recently approved a long-term asbestos management plan to cover all college-owned properties.
It is important that any concern about potential asbestos hazards be thoroughly investigated to ensure the public’s safety. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and has been proven to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and other cancers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports there is no safe level of exposure. Once exposed there is a life-long risk of developing an asbestos-caused disease.
Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer with limited treatment options diagnosed in 3,000 Americans each year.
Read the final report from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality here.
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