Columbia, SC – Officials with South Carolina University say they are launching innovative methods to improve building renovation management after paying state fines of approximately $175,000 for not complying with environmental regulations meant for protecting staff and students from asbestos exposure.
The university paid the fines in last 4 years for violations including not keeping promises to state regulators that it would enhance asbestos management practices.
Asbestos, which was once widely used as a construction material, can cause terminal diseases including cancer if its fibers are inhaled.
The university’s asbestos violations took place during renovation projects at three apartment complexes, a medical school structure and a stadium in Columbia. According to health department documents, breaches also took place at university’s Lancaster branch campus.