The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has imposed a record $1.4 million fine against Detroit Public Schools for failing to monitor asbestos adequately in 256 of its 263 schools.

The agency found the districts, among other things, failed to make asbestos inspections every three years as required by law. But without reports to go on, the EPA could not say whether any schools were unsafe.

In an administrative complaint filed against the district,


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