08/04/2010 // Huntsville, Alabama, USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // Alabama Mesothelioma Reporter
Prior to the demolition of Blossomwood Elementary School in Huntsville, Alabama, local authorities have ordered the removal of the toxic mineral asbestos from the structure, according to WAFF 48 News.
Now known to be an extremely dangerous substance, asbestos was once highly sought after for used in construction projects, due to its fire retardant properties. The asbestos found in the elementary school is mainly in the structure’s ceiling tiles and exterior transite panels.
School officials have had prior knowledge of the existence of asbestos, but no health threats have been reported. If the mineral remains in tact and not airborne, it does not pose a health problem.
“If it’s inside a wall, if it’s inside a floor tile, that doesn’t become an issue unless you start ripping those and doing like what we’re about to do, which is the demolition project,” said school spokesman Keith Ward.
Once airborne, asbestos is a dire threat, putting workers and community residents at risk for contracting several serious diseases, including malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a highly aggressive, inoperable asbestos-related disease, affecting approximately 3,000 Americans every year.
Workers have already removed 80 to 90 percent of the asbestos from the elementary school. A demolition date has not been determined.
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