08/26/2010 // Davie, Florida, USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // Florida Mesothelioma Reporter
Pipes riddled with asbestos at a shuttered mobile home park in Davie, Florida have been ordered for removal by the city’s mayor.
Judy Paul says she is concerned that the pipes pose a dangerous risk to the community including deadly asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, a cancer of the protective lining covering many of the body’s organs.. The old mobile home complex has been slated for redevelopment into a park where kids will play and families will frequent.
Mayor Paul’s concerns are valid ones. In fact, asbestos attorneys and experts from coast to coast have made it clear to the public that any construction that disturbs asbestos, still present in numerous older structures, could release the toxic fibers into the air, making it easily inhaled by those nearby. Inhalation of asbestos can later trigger diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is one of the most aggressive cancers for which there is currently no known cure.
Although some feel the pipes are safe enough to provide drinking water to the park, Mayor Paul spoke during a town council meeting in August, saying said she’d rather risk it.
”There is something I want to put to rest,” Paul said. ”When the Palma Nova land is developed as a park, I want it on record that we will remove and replace the [asbestos] pipes. It’s just the right thing to do.”
The asbestos abatement project will cost more than $30,000, according to town officials. The plan requires official approval from the town council. No vote was taken during the August meeting.
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