09/09/2010 // Chicago, Illinois, USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // Illinois Mesothelioma Reporter

Chicago’s prestigious Jesuit private university, Loyola University will soon face an extensive and time-consuming demolition due to asbestos contamination in the Damen Hall facility.

Prior to the scheduled demolition to be completed by the spring of 2011, school officials must first launch an asbestos abatement plan to rid the building of any present asbestos. Any present asbestos must be abated before the process of tearing the building down can begin, adding a lengthy and expensive amount of time to the agenda.

As in all instances of present asbestos, the EPA requires that a building must be completely sealed, wet down and gutted prior to exterior demolition. This mandate was put in place so that people near the site do not breathe in high levels of asbestos fibers, which can cause lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lining of the chest and the abdominal cavity caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure.

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