Massachusetts Schools Ignoring Asbestos Codes

Despite the enactment of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act in the 1980's, Massachusetts schools still are not following proper codes.

These days, the state has set aside enough money to conduct just 40 inspections a year under the Act. As a result, state and federal officials are clueless as to how many schools may or may not be complying with the law. Officials still don't even know how many schools in Massachusetts still contain asbestos.

This is especially appalling considering that state officials report frequently discovering noncompliance with the law. Over the past seven years, the state's investigators issued violations to 41% of the 280 schools they inspected. Go to the Boston Globe for more details.