Asbestos Abatement Scheduled in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

BEAVER DAM, Wisconsin- In downtown Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, nine buildings are cited for the removal of asbestos-containing materials. The abatement was voted in 4-2 by the operations committee and will be considered before the entire city council on March 16th. The city must acquire the nine properties before March 31st. The plan includes asbestos removal and demolition of the nine buildings, small restoration work and removal of a parking garage.
WDS Construction will perform environmental testing and project an estimated cost for the entire downtown project. They have set a guaranteed maximum at $630,000 and if the city receives the go-ahead, WDS will be in charge of hiring subcontractors and a licensed asbestos abatement company. By law, a report to the local environment officials must be made when dealing with asbestos material. The removal must be performed by a licensed asbestos abatement professional. All of the asbestos must be removed from these buildings before the demolition occurs in order to keep the asbestos from becoming friable, or airborne. Exposure to asbestos, which is found in over 35 million buildings nationwide, may lead to asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that has a long latency period, therefore making it difficult to detect and treat. The city is hoping to have asbestos remediation in all nine buildings completed as early as May.