The discovery of additional asbestos in the roof of the historic Boiler House building in Nashua, New Hampshire will delay its demolition by as long as two months, the Nashua Telegraph reports. The Boiler House stands in the way of a proposed parkway and will be one of the first buildings to be torn down for the project.
The Boiler House was built in the early 1880’s, just when the use of asbestos in construction products was first becoming popular. In addition to its use in building materials, asbestos fibers were mixed with cement and the resulting paste was used in roof repair. The discovery of asbestos in the roof of the Boiler House is not entirely surprising, considering the prevalence of asbestos in other areas of the building and the time period in which it was built.
The Boiler House, which stopped functioning in the 1950’s, first ran on coal before eventually moving to petroleum. Some of the storage tanks still contained petroleum when the demolition process began, and these petroleum products, along with the asbestos used in the storage tanks, were already a focus of hazardous removal prior to the discovery of asbestos in the roof.
City engineer Steve Dookran believes that the additional asbestos removal will add $45,000 in consulting fees to a project that is already costing more than $1 million. Although it will take up to two more months for the Boiler House to be demolished, the completion of the parkway should still be on schedule.
The discovery of asbestos in the Boiler House roof is yet another example of the unexpected consequences of asbestos use. If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos, contact Sokolove Law today at our convenient, toll-free number, 888-360-1322, to learn more about your rights and legal options.