Asbestos World Watch – 26 Feb 2009

In MALTA, a total of 7,000 cubic meters of asbestos waste needs to be dealt with, and of the 7,000 cubic meters, 5,000 still sit within buildings waiting removal and disposal. The remaining 2,000 cubic meters is in storage until proper disposal procedures can be taken with it.
Most of the asbestos waste has been sent to other countries for disposal, according to the Ministry of Resources and Rural Affairs. All dealings with asbestos must be registered with the MEPA, the only authority for the disposal, storage, shipment, and treatment of this hazardous waste. Companies and individuals have had different means of dealing with the asbestos found in their buildings. Many businesses store the material on site until it can be exported out of the country, but individuals have the option to use WasteServ free of charge.

This service, at a cost to the national agency of €30,650 over a seven month period, removes asbestos waste from households, decontaminates the area, and disposes of the material. With this program, homeowners can rid their homes of asbestos. In NEW ZEALAND, although the fire is out on Mahia peninsula, asbestos dust remains, putting the 175 people driven out by the flames at risk as they return to their homes. The large fire on YMCA Rd. drove residents from their homes, but it also pushed other creatures out into the open, including cockroaches. These bugs plagued residents when they returned to their homes. Some of the infestations were severe enough to warrant fumigation. The homes damaged by the flames were checked for asbestos by the Department of Conservation (DOC) before their owners could return. Asbestos dust, once released, can be inhaled. Once it is in the lungs, it can fester for decades until a deadly form of lung cancer, mesothelioma, develops. After that, the sufferer usually has only months to live. Due to this high danger from asbestos, the homes were carefully assessed for safety.