Mishandling Asbestos is Unsafe and Illegal
Asbestos is a human carcinogen, known to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a terminal cancer of the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen, as well as other cancers and respiratory diseases. As a result, management of asbestos is highly regulated by the State and Federal Government. Removal, management and disposal of the material must be handled by certified contractors.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, regulates asbestos abatement and removal projects, and the disposal of the waste. Violation of the laws and guidelines come with stiff penalties, and potentially, with serious consequences to the nearby workers and residents who were exposed to airborne asbestos.
Data on the map reflects cases of violations of asbestos handling laws throughout the five boroughs. Violations include failure to properly contain asbestos, using uncertified workers (or those who are not trained in proper handling of the deadly material), falsely reporting the level of asbestos present, and improper containment or removal of asbestos.
Any of these illegal practices could result in the release of asbestos into the air where it can be inhaled or ingested - leading to a lifetime risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. Asbestos is so toxic even small amounts of the mineral and infrequent exposure can lead to asbestos-related diseases.