Maine demolition project delayed by asbestos concerns

15 Nov 2013 by under News

Maine demolition photo by Faith Gillman Weekly Observer Staff 100x100 Maine demolition project delayed by asbestos concernsA plan to demolish several derelict buildings along a block in Sanford, Maine, was delayed when asbestos was discovered in some of the old structures. Asbestos exposure is linked to the development of mesothelioma, a rare but serious form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen. There is no known cure for mesothelioma.

The building in question is located on River Street. It was purchased by the City for $30,000 slightly more than a year ago, with the intention of tearing it down because it had become an eyesore and safety hazard, according to a story in the Weekly Herald. However, in September, an environmental survey company discovered asbestos in the building and the project was put on hold.

The survey company, Green Environmental, reportedly found asbestos in the roof and some of the floor covering. Another contractor was hired to confirm Green’s assessment. Axion Partners confirmed Green’s findings and noted the presence of additional asbestos in a report it provided to the City of Sanford on Oct. 23.

Asbestos was commonly used in residential and commercial construction for decades, usually as a fire retardant or insulation. Although use of asbestos in new construction stopped in the 1970s when awareness of the link between asbestos and mesothelioma came to light, it remains intact in many structures.

Asbestos is not inherently dangerous unless it is disturbed, which is the case with or projects. When asbestos is cut or crushed, it can release microscopic fibers that can be inhaled or ingested. These fibers may lead to the development of asbestosis, a severe scarring of the lungs, and mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related diseases.

It is estimated it will cost $28,288 for proper asbestos abatement to demolish the structure, in addition to the more than $50,000 already budgeted for demolition. The estimate includes proper asbestos handling, environmental protections and regulations, and proper disposal of the hazardous materials.

The project will involve preliminary demolition, asbestos removal from the interior of the building, removal of the roof and imbedded asbestos, and final demolition and site cleanup.

Source: Weekly Observer

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