08/02/2010 // Omaha, Nebraska, USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // Nebraska Mesothelioma Reporter

The toxic materials commonly using in the industrial industry, asbestos, was discovered on four floors of the Omaha Police Department’s 6-floor building, causing local authorities to assess the health risks to the public.

Officials say it would cost approximately $20 million for an asbestos abatement and renovation undertaking on the 40-year old structure.

The police department building was building in a time when the dangers of asbestos were not well known, and the substance was highly sought after for its insulating properties and fire resistance. However, and advancements in the technology and medicine increased, researchers found that asbestos causes fatal diseases, such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.

The heath risks that accompany asbestos exposure have caused the Omaha P.D. to call for the total removal of the mineral, even though they say it’s not breathable, according to local reports.

“At this point in time, we don’t know if those are dust bunnies or if it’s asbestos,” deputy police chief David Baker said.

“It’s crumbling to some extent, falling off some of the [structural] members and coming into the work space of some of our employees.”

In spite of the hefty price tag associated with the asbestos abatement and renovation project, the Omaha Police Department says it will begin a frequent schedule of air quality testing and develops long-term plans to renovate the building.

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