Asbestos construction removal delays Colorado Springs’ USOC opening.

Colorado Springs, CO(MesotheliomaCancerNews.com)–LandCo Equity Partners, a developer involved in the asbestos abatement project at the new headquarters for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) offices, announced the opening of the new building is delayed. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Air Pollution Control Division cited the containment of toxic asbestos fibers at the construction site was in violation of state laws.

The USOC new offices were scheduled to open at the end of July and are now expected to be operational in late September 2009. The Colorado Springs’ two-story, Olympic building complex asbestos demolition project was more extensive than contractors and developers, who specialize in asbestos containing materials removal, anticipated. Colorado Department of Public Health investigators also found asbestos fibers were disrupted by a construction worker in a designated clean area.

Asbestos is a highly toxic substance known to cause serious injury and illness, including mesothelioma lung cancer, when workers and consumers are exposed to the fibrous material. Federal and state laws require licensing and certification of workers handling harmful asbestos containing materials.

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