Asbestos, once dubbed the miracle mineral and used in countless construction applications, is now known to be so deadly that its removal requires lengthy and expensive hurdles. Case in point: the approval process for asbestos removal at the former Pan American Tannery site in Gloversville, N.Y.
Local news site The Leader-Herald reports that the Gloversville Common Council is expected to release the bid-opening results for asbestos abatement on the troubled property this week. Asbestos removal on the site is estimated at $122,000. However, money for the abatement was set aside years ago, according to the city’s finance commissioner.
After the asbestos is removed, buildings on the site will be demolished and a soil cap will be installed on vegetated and exposed soil areas.
The need for comprehensive asbestos removal prior to demolition is clear. Inhaling asbestos fibers from disturbed asbestos-containing materials can cause mesothelioma, the deadly and swift-moving cancer, as well as other serious health problems.
Asbestos was used in a variety of construction materials before its hazardous health effects became widely known. Between the 1940s and 1970s, it could be found in building materials such as ceiling and flooring tiles, insulation, cement drywall, and other products such as electrical wiring.
The Pan American Tannery has been linked to health issues besides asbestos in the past. According to a 1990 Centers for Disease Control report, the site was investigated for potentially exposing finishing department workers to carcinogenic chemicals. An industrial hygiene survey conducted in April 1989 revealed “examples of poor housekeeping and poor maintenance of the building” as well as ventilation system deficiencies. The survey also found high levels of several toxic chemicals.
If you or a loved one has been negligently exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Sokolove Law today for a free case evaluation to see if an asbestos attorney can help you.