Dallas County locals voice growing fears about asbestos removal from East Village construction

25 Sep 2014 by under News

Asbestos at demolition site East Village WFAA News image 100x100 Dallas County locals voice growing fears about asbestos removal from East Village constructionDALLAS –  Nearby residents of Dallas County’s upcoming East Village development have begun expressing concern regarding a construction site with excessive amounts of dust clouds and debris around North Central Expressway and Haskell Avenue. Residents say they are afraid they may be exposed to harmful asbestos in material being removed during demolition of an existing building on the site, pointing to mounting piles of rubble.

“I just noticed over the weekend, there were big piles of stuff,” said local resident Jonas Parks.

Parks isn’t the only one who has taken notice of the startling amount of debris surrounding the construction site. , Parks’ neighbor, has also stepped forward about potentially dangerous materials being pulled from the former Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) building.

“We’ve been told in meetings with them that the [ACS] building is asbestos-ridden,” Smith said.

The citizens of Dallas County have every right to be fearful. Asbestos-containing materials are required by federal law to be removed using special safeguards, and contained to prevent microscopic fibers from escaping. Large clouds of dust and debris from the old ACS building are alarming because if asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, there is a potential for the development of – a deadly cancer that usually affects the lining of the lungs or the abdomen. In order to best protect the public, asbestos-containing debris must be disposed of at a toxic waste facility.

Trammell Crow Company, the developer of the East Village retail space, is currently preparing the site for further demolition from the North Central Expressway to the West Village neighborhood. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, nearly 1,600 square feet of asbestos-ridden materials are planned to be removed from the old building.

The contractor released the following statement in regard to the community’s rising concerns:

“Nothing is more important than the safety of the community. For this reason, Trammell Crow Company is committed to going above and beyond any set safety standards during our demolitions. Our abatement efforts thus far have been monitored by state and federal regulators and, in addition, we have engaged a third-party environmental safety consultant to be on site as an extra safeguard to do real-time air testing up and down wind as we work.”

Despite the company’s claims that it has gone above and beyond all safety standards to please the community’s wishes, neighbors are still asking that the demolition site provide regular updates through posted signs about what is being done.



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