The New York State Department of Labor has issued three asbestos-related violations to the city of Troy concerning the demolition of the former Troy City Hall. The city has received the violations because demolition on the building, located in the Monument Square section of Troy, began before asbestos had been properly removed from the structure.
Fines for improper asbestos abatement and disposal have become quite common in the United States because, for years, asbestos was used in building materials for its unique fire-proofing qualities and tensile strength. Unfortunately, it eventually surfaced that an asbestos exposure can have deadly health consequences including mesothelioma and other cancers. Asbestos, when disturbed, releases microscopic fibers that can become deeply embedded in one’s lungs. Symptoms of underlying health problems often don’t manifest until 15-40 years after the exposure.
In the case of Troy, fines are likely to be issued, but NY Department of Labor spokesman Leo Rosales has said that fines vary according to the details of each project and it would be difficult to predict the number at this time. The problem has arisen from confusion about what actually constituted a “demolition”. City Engineer Russ Reeves considered the work being performed merely exploratory. With fines imminent, the finger pointing has begun between Mayor Harry Tutunjian and Councilman Bill Dunne, which you can read more about here.
We, at Asbestos.net, will attempt to keep you updated as more details of this story surface.
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