Lawsuit filed against company after broken pipe release asbestos

May 4th, 2012

A Missouri man has filed a lawsuit against an energy corporation he claims is responsible for a broken pipe that spewed asbestos across a block in downtown St. Louis. Adrian Fayne filed the asbestos lawsuit against Trigen-St. Louis Energy Corporation, alleging that the company exposed the residents to asbestos and showed indifference to the safety of the surrounding area in its handling of the break.

In April, an underground steam pipe burst, blowing the cover off a manhole and projecting steam that contained bits of asbestos insulation from the pipe four stories into the air. Surface tests later confirmed the presence of asbestos throughout the downtown city block.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic building material that was heavily used in insulation and other industrial applications until the 1970s. Now severely restricted in the United States, asbestos and asbestos exposure have been directly linked to several severe diseases if inhaled, including asbestosis and the deadly cancer mesothelioma.

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