Only 2 Asbestos Inspectors in all of Iowa

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Iowa has only two inspectors to make sure thousands of asbestos-removal projects each year are being done properly in the state.

The Des Moines Register reports the lack of inspections at asbestos removal projects was highlighted by problems at a downtown Des Moines renovation project.

A contractor who had worked on renovations to a former Younkers department store in Des Moines complained to the state in January about improper asbestos removal.

An inspector visited the site but didn't find anything wrong until returning to the site later. Now the project will face more scrutiny.

The Environmental Information Association says enforcement of asbestos laws is a concern nationwide because there are so few inspectors.

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