10/04/2010 // Lockport, New York, USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // New York Mesothelioma Reporter

Regulators from the New York Labor Department have ordered the owner of a former paper mill in Lockport to cease demolition on the building, citing he had prior knowledge that the mill was contaminated with asbestos, but still letting workers continue with the work.

The owner of the property, Scott Kryzanowski was ticketed for a laundry list of violations including using a non-licensed contractor, using workers who were not certified in asbestos removal, starting demolition on the property at 89 Mill Street without an asbestos survey and refusing to allow inspectors to perform their review.

Following a visit by the regulators on September 3rd, Kryzanowski was told to halt all demolition work pending the results of asbestos tests on the site. In mid-September, after test results had come back, state inspectors revisited the property and found continued demolition activity at the paper mill. Kryzanowski was given an additional citation and issued a stop-work order.

When released into the air, asbestos particles pose dire health hazards to anyone in the surrounding area. Demolition activity often releases the mineral fiber, which was widely used in construction until the latter part of the 1970s. Workplace asbestos exposure has been shown to lead to serious respiratory diseases including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis, a chronic scarring of the lung.

The city of Lockport had issued Kryzanowski a demolition permit without completion of an asbestos survey.

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