Clearing out asbestos during the demolition of an old building just got much safer and simpler with the creation of an asbestos-cleaning robot. According to the Pensacola News Journal, the asbestos-cleaning robot is being used as part of a demolition project at the former Pensacola News Journal building in Florida. (more…)
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Demolition of a condemned apartment complex in Slidell, La., received the green light to go ahead this week following the completion of an inspection to determine how much asbestos is present in the buildings. A licensed asbestos abatement company, Haltran Environmental Services, inspected the buildings and will work with contractor Holliday Construction LLC to safely demolish the structures. (more…)
DALLAS – 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. (more…)
For most people, summertime is a time to relax and enjoy some downtime with family and friends. Summer also offers an opportunity to tackle projects around the house, explore the great outdoors, search out a bargain or create a lovely landscape. However, the folks at the Asbestos Cancer Victims Rights Campaign (ACVRC) warn many of these activities may hide a hidden danger – asbestos. (more…)
Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) are keeping a close watch on demolition and cleanup efforts at a school destroyed by fire in June. The nearly 95-year-old building, Roosevelt Education Center, is believed to contain a large amount of friable asbestos. (more…)
Town leaders in Plattsmouth, Neb., voted last week to allow the demolition and removal of a building under the watch of the Historic Preservation Board. The century-old Waterman building, which was located in downtown Plattsmouth, was destroyed by fire in January. The structure has been in limbo ever since, as the Preservation Board tried to decide if it could be saved and restored. (more…)
A 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. (more…)
Plans to demolish a decrepit downtown Gary, Indiana, hotel may finally have a green light to proceed after work was halted due to concerns about asbestos contamination. The former Sheraton hotel has sat derelict since the mid-1980s.
Some asbestos abatement was done in 2008, funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But despite that work, which cost $750,000, not all the asbestos was removed from the building. An independent inspection conducted recently by Soil and Material Engineers, Inc., revealed more than 60,000 square feet of asbestos remain in the structure and its adjacent parking deck. (more…)
Representatives from the City of Detroit, Michigan, meant well, but nearly put lives in danger recently with plans to demolish around 3,000 dilapidated homes and other buildings in a blighted area. The project, whose ultimate goal was to remove 10,000 dangerous abandoned buildings over the next four years and eliminate risks like collapse, fire and disease, was featured in the local newspaper, the Detroit Free Press. As it turned out, someone from the state Department of Natural Resources and Environment was reading, and the story raised a red flag.
After a quick investigation, DNRE spokesman Robert McCann told the Free Press the agency discovered the City had not completed required asbestos inspections on the properties scheduled for demolition. The City also had not notified the state – which is required by law – of the planned demolition. The planned project was halted April 5, and City officials met with DNRE representatives to learn what they should do.
According to the Free Press, representatives from the City said they were unaware they were violating any federal regulations, and said the City has not had a history of inspecting buildings for the presence of asbestos before demolition under past administrations. The current Mayor is Dave Bing.
Some demolition occurred before DNRE officials were able to call a halt; however, subsequent asbestos testing did not find any asbestos present. The project is under the direction of the City’s Buildings and Safety Engineering Department. The houses planned for demolition are located in southwest Detroit. The City still plans to demolish 3,000 structures by the end of this year, and 10,000 structures during the next four years.
Federal regulations require that businesses or individuals planning demolition first test the structure for the presence of asbestos, remove any asbestos that is found using approved abatement procedures to ensure the safety of workers and the public, and provide a 10-day notice to the DNRE before beginning demolition. Violations could incur fines of up to $27,500 per day, and jail time. It was not noted in the Free Press story if the City is in danger of being prosecuted for its violations.
However, public interest in the story did raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, which can result in mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the chest and lungs, the lining of the abdomen, or the lining of the heart. As a result of reader interest, the newspaper published a helpful Q&A about asbestos exposure the following day.