The United States Environmental Protection Agency is inspecting asbestos abatement work being performed at Bonner County Courthouse in Sandpoint Idaho.
Ginno Construction is renovating the building and Kyron Environmental is assisting in the asbestos abatement work. Air quality analysis by EMSL Analytical has shown that no airborne asbestos exists in the building, but after receiving complaints from the public and reports about workers falling ill, the federal agency decided to perform an independent evaluation of the asbestos removal job.
The century-old building has numerous asbestos-containing products in it, including flooring and insulation. Asbestos, a mineral common in many building products, can release fibers and dust into the air when disturbed. When inhaled, an asbestos exposure can lead to a number of health problems. These include asbestosis and the following cancers: mesothelioma, lung, esophageal, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and pharyngeal.
“One of our jobs is to make sure all projects are being properly managed and you really only learn that by going to the job site,” John Pavitt, an environmental inspector for EPA’s Pacific Northwest regional office told the Bonner County Daily Bee.
By the middle of the 20th century, asbestos was used in thousands of products and applications. However, evidence of the deadly effects of asbestos exposure continued to mount. In the 1970s, use of the substance sharply declined as the U.S. government placed a freeze on the production of most asbestos products.
Over the years, several asbestos-containing products have been banned in the U.S, including: flooring felt, floor tile and shingles. New uses in products that have not historically contained asbestos are also forbidden.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and believe you were exposed to asbestos at a renovation site, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options, please contact us for a free case evaluation. Mesothelioma attorneys have helped thousands of mesothelioma victims win compensation to cover last wages and medical costs. A qualified Idaho mesothelioma attorney can help you get the compensation that you and your family need and deserve. Asbestos law has become a crucial asset in the fight against the willful negligence that exposed people to asbestos.