Columbia, S.C. – The University of South Carolina was required to pay over $175,000 in fines to the state for violations of environmental laws relating to asbestos. As a result, officials stated that new procedures for building renovations have been created.
The fines have accrued over the past four years due to the university failing to improve how they handle asbestos. The university violated laws that were put in place to protect students and staff against the harmful effects that asbestos can have, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
While working on three apartment complexes, a medical school building, and Williams-Brice Stadium USC received the violations that resulted in fines. It was also reported that a violation took place at a building at USC’s branch campus in Lancaster.