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AGA Alert - Asbestos Pipe Wrap Court Order on Sampling & Testing in U.S. v. SDG&E (Sept. 3, 2009)
Court Rules Pipe Wrap Samples Inadmissible in U.S. v. SDG&E (Aug. 31, 2009)
AGA Amicus Brief Supporting SDG&E in Pipe Wrap Case (Nov. 4, 2008)
AGA Voluntary Guideline for Handling Asphaltic or Coal Tar Enamel Wrapped Pipe (Dec. 2007)
SOS Summary: Pipe Wrap Disposal Paperwork (March 2006)
AGA Alert - AGA Meeting with EPA Regarding Pipe Wrap Guidelines (June 14, 2006)
Removal and Handling of Coal Tar Wrapped Gas Pipeline, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation (Oct. 20, 2005)
Assessment of Asbestos Fiber Release and Exposure During Mechanical Removal of Coal Tar Wrapped Natural Gas Pipelines (June 5, 2003)
EPA Asbestos Applicability Determinations Relevant to Pipe Wrap (Sept. 19, 1996)
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 Court Rules Pipe Wrap Samples Inadmissible in U.S. v. SDG&E (Aug. 31, 2009) 

In U.S. v. San Diego Gas & Electric Company, on August 31, 2009 Judge Dana M. Sabraw of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California held that the federal government used the wrong methods to collect and test pipe wrap samples.  Judge Sabraw noted that the government is required to prove an essential element of its case – asbestos content – through (1) a representative sample, and (2) a specified test method, as prescribed by its own regulations.  The asbestos NESHAP contains two foundational requirements relevant to the pipe wrap in question: collection and testing.  Following these requirements, all 27 samples were deemed inadmissible at retrial.

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