County smacks ASU with hefty fines over asbestos

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TEMPE -- An already costly upgrade to a building on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University just got a little pricier.

Nearly $100K in fines

The county has fined the university nearly $100,000.

The fine comes after it was discovered that crews ripped up tiles contaminated with asbestos and carried them across the campus without following proper safety procedures.

According to Maricopa County air-quality inspectors, that put the entire campus at risk.

The county hit ASU with a $44,000 fine, plus another $52,000 to sponsor seminars on the proper handling of asbestos.

One of those seminars was to be held Wednesday on the Tempe campus.