Greensboro may appeal fine for possible asbestos exposure

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Mendenhall Auction employees solicit bids for War Memorial Auditorium items in Greensboro, N.C. on Sept. 10, 2014. (H. SCOTT HOFFMANN/News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The city of Greensboro faces a $3,250 fine for improper handling of asbestos leading up to the demolition of War Memorial Auditorium, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Work toward demolition was stopped in October when it was revealed that city employees and contractors may have been exposed to asbestos before cleanup had begun.

Inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause cancer and lung disease.

An employee complaint on Oct. 10 prompted an investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

On Friday, City Manager Jim Westmoreland wrote to members of City Council to say the investigation resulted in a citation and penalty, but the city will meet with OSHA and may appeal through an administrative hearing.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record

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