The demolition of a cabin in Aspen that was contaminated following an odd situation involving cow carcasses is being held up because of the possible presence of asbestos.
According to MSNBC, at least six cows wandered into a cabin in Aspen, presumably to escape the snowstorm outside, and eventually died when they could not escape. Several more frozen carcasses were also found littered around the cabin.
Original disposal plans to remove the carcasses involved the use of explosives or fire to demolish the cabin. However, these plans have been complicated by the possible existence of asbestos in the cabin, as reported by the Denver Post. Rangers have extracted samples of plaster from the cabin and sent them to be tested for asbestos. If the dangerous fiber is present, the Forest Service will have to devise an alternative plan to get rid of these carcasses.
If the service burn the cabin down and it did contain asbestos, loose particles would not be incineratedand could be flung into the air where they could be inhaled by anyone nearby.
Similarly, the use of explosives could be even more dangerous, as the blast would shoot the asbestos fibers over a wider area, causing a greater likelihood of harm. In addition to that, a nearby hot spring, could be contaminated by both the carcasses and the residual asbestos from any burning or explosion.
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