09/20/2010 // Topeka, Kansas, USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // Kansas Mesothelioma Reporter

After an audit of the expansive correctional facilities on the campus found asbestos present, the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) has ordered asbestos abatement projects on two facilities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a report with outlined the hazards of removing the toxic fiber, so the KDOC funded a full assessment of the correctional facilities costing $170,000, including evaluations of the pipe insulation, ceiling materials, flooring and other items that may contain asbestos.

An additional $75,000 has also been set aside for the asbestos removal of pipe wrapping and ceiling tile at Kansas’ Lansing and Winfield prisons for further safety measures.

Extended asbestos exposure has been proven to cause such deadly diseases as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare and inoperable cancer that affects the lining of the chest and abdomen. Mesothelioma treatment efforts are only palliative, as there is no cure for this disease.

Jane Carter, Executive Director of the Kansas Organization of State Employees said Kansas should develop a comprehensive plan for eliminating the presence of asbestos in all their correctional institutions.

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