Demolition firm charged in asbestos case

June 17, 1992

A Baltimore demolition company has been accused of unsafe handling and storage of asbestos-laden debris at the former Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Cecil County.

International Crane Co., at 1300 Race St., has been sued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is asking the federal court in Baltimore for unspecified penalties and an injunction against the firm.

The EPA is accusing the company of storing asbestos-laden building debris on the former base in torn and open plastic bags. The complaint also charges that in the spring of 1991, workers failed to sufficiently dampen the debris to keep asbestos fibers from becoming airborne.

Asbestos, a fibrous material once widely used as insulation in buildings, can cause cancer and lung disease if inhaled.

The suit seeks an injunction barring International Crane from further violations and also asks for up to $25,000 a day for each violation but gives no breakdown.

A company spokesman declined to comment on the suit.

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