Last month, we covered a story from Troy, NY where the city was issued 3 asbestos violations by the state’s Department of Labor (DOL) after demolition was begun on the former city hall prior to all the asbestos in the building having been cleared. In recent news, asbestos, beyond that found by the initial survey, has been discovered at the site and will delay expected completion into April. The building will remain in its semi-demolished form for another four weeks as the asbestos handling is sorted out.
City Engineer Russ Reeves has said the new discovery of the hazardous material was in the form of transite asbestos panels. Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, is known to cause health problems including asbestosis and mesothelioma. Prior to public awareness about asbestos exposure and its potential health effects, asbestos was added to various construction products for its resistance to fire, heat, friction, electrical, and chemical damage. For this reason, it is not uncommon to discover hidden asbestos during the demolition of structures built during the 1970’s.
Operating under a plan monitored by the NY DOL, the team of engineers in Troy will perform daily inspections and air monitoring to ensure no asbestos fibers are being released into the atmosphere. Regarding the 3 asbestos violations and fines issued, City Engineer Reeves has stated that discussions are ongoing with the DOL because he believes no regulations were ever broken.
Asbestos.net will keep you updated as the details of this ongoing story surface.
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