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Pima Partnership School et al.

Tucson, AZ: (Aug-07-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency brought lawsuits against nine Tucson-area charter schools, alleging that the schools had violated federal norms in their use of asbestos on school premises. The violations were found when the EPA conducted surprise inspections at the schools in May 2006. The schools included Pima Partnership School, Transformational Learning Center, Alternative Computerized Education Charter High School, Tucson Urban League Academy, City High School, Calli Ollin Academy, Toltecalli Academy and Hiaki High School and Southside Community School.

One school claimed that it just never checked for asbestos before opening. It was later found to be free of asbestos, along with two other schools. Six other schools weren't regularly checking for the hazardous material and were found by the EPA to have asbestos in their buildings that school officials didn't know was there. Many older buildings and schools contain materials made with some amount of asbestos, which is why the EPA requires schools and business to have their own management plans and regular inspections in place. EPA officials stated that the danger with asbestos is that the impacts of related illnesses aren't felt for as many as 10 to 30 years after the exposure. In a settlement reached, the nine schools agreed to pay a combined $67,240 in asbestos-related fines to the Environmental Protection Agency. [ARIZONA DAILY STAR: SCHOOL ASBESTOS]


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Published on Aug-8-07


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