Asphalt shingles and asphalt emulsion sealser are among the types of repairs being considered in a federal lawsuit by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The suit alleges that a $2 billion, two-year contract awarded to a Florida company by the U.S. Department of Labor last summer to fix the emulsion was not properly vetted.
The contractor, Alliant Polymers, Inc., was contracted to fix asphalt shingling, which covers the entire roof of buildings and homes.
It was supposed to fix roofing and foundation defects.
Asphalt shingle and asphalt sealer are part of a wide variety of roofing repairs.
They are used to seal out moisture and other contaminants.
But they are also known to be a major source of asbestos.
The lawsuit, filed in U.T.O. court, seeks to recover at least $2,000 per roofing job that was repaired, but it also seeks $1,000 for each job that it alleges was not repaired.
The company, which did not respond to a request for comment, said it was not responsible for the defects, which were found to have occurred before Alliant was contracted.
The company said it had made improvements to the existing system.
The Department of Justice said in a statement that it was “disappointed that a contractor for a federal government contract was found to be in the position to make these false claims, even though the contractor was the subject of an investigation into those claims.
This case is being handled by the Department of the Treasury’s Civil Division, which is conducting the investigation and cooperating fully with the investigation.”
The Department did not provide a copy of the settlement.