August 3, 2012


An article headlined “Illinois contractor gets 10-year sentence for asbestos violation” generated the following reader comments:

July 31, 2012

An Illinois man whose workers removed and then dumped asbestos-containing insulation with no training or safety protection has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Duane “Butch” O’Malley, 59, was also ordered to pay restitution of $47,086 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to the cleanup of illegally disposed asbestos, as well as a $15,000 fine, according to an EPA announcement.

March 30, 2011

Dogged by asbestos claims, United Gilsonite Laboratories (UGL) has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in a Pennsylvania U.S. district court. The paint and coatings manufacturer is seeking court approval to establish a trust fund to settle outstanding claims and an injunction preventing asbestos-related awards except though the trust.

UGL used asbestos in joint compound but discontinued the practice more than 30 years ago, according to the company.

November 20, 2008

James Hardie reported a $36.2 million net profit, excluding asbestos pay-outs, for its U.S. operations,...

October 5, 2008

The trial of former directors of the company -- each of whom face maximum fines...

January 17, 2008

“Overall, 2007 was a milestone year in our transformation to focus on coatings and specialty...