Friday, March 24, 2017
Ind. Gov't. - "Emails reveal problems and fears with state asbestos investigation"
Sandra Chapman reported for 13 WTHR last evening in a story that began:
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A new legal team for the Indiana Attorney General is releasing critical emails in response to a lawsuit.ILB: The ILB does not yet have the name of the federal lawsuit ...
The emails were originally "blacked out" by the state's top environmental agency.
13 Investigates now has copies of the correspondence too, showing what IDEM was hiding as contamination piled up in an Indiana neighborhood.
Entire pages of emails once "blacked out" are now filled in.
No more hiding what the Indiana Department of Environmental Management knew about the removal of asbestos and asbestos-laced debris left blowing in the wind in Goshen.
In a move toward transparency, the Indiana Attorney General's office released 28 emails to 13 Investigates.
Key emails came from an IDEM inspector who is under scrutiny for issuing "no violations" for improper asbestos removal at the old Johnson Controls site, despite confirmed asbestos samples in hand.
Homeowners living near the site close to Goshen High School took IDEM to court to demand the agency come clean.
Instead of fighting to keep the records confidential, the Indiana Attorney General's Office decided to turn over un-redacted copies to a federal court.