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New Hampshire construction company guilty of dumping asbestos

March 1st, 2012

A New Hampshire construction company has been found guilty of improperly disposing of products containing asbestos at an open landfill. Walter Jensen of Summer and Winter Construction was fined $18,000 after his company deposited asbestos at a public site, which is prohibited by law.

Jensen’s company removed the asbestos from two homes but failed to properly dispose of the carcinogenic material. Judge Richard McNamara called Jensen’s conduct dishonest and potentially injurious to public health, noting that one of his employees could have been exposed to the asbestos.

Asbestos exposure has been directly linked to several severe diseases, including mesothelioma—a rare form of cancer that attacks the lungs and abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma affects more than 4,000 Americans every year.

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