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Asbestos News

Asbestos inspection scheduled for historic Virginia building
The Manassas, Virginia city council recently discussed where funding would come from to conduct an asbestos inspection on one of the town's historic buildings, the "Prescott House."

According to the Manassas Patch, the inspection will be the first step toward demolishing the abandoned building, which stood at one of the "gateway" entrances to Old Town. The decision to inspect for asbestos reportedly comes after the owners of the property failed to safely repair the porch, as required by a motion passed by the city council in February.

City officials said that they are planning to notify the property owners about the next step in the process, but previous attempts to contact the individuals about deadlines have gone by without reply, the news source said.

Council member Steve Randolph said that the lack of cooperation from the owners forced the city's hand to demolish the property.

"This was no rush to judgement," Randolph explained. "The city has tried go the extra miles to save the historic property."

Many older buildings like the "Prescott House" contain asbestos, as the material was once prized for its utility as an insulator and resistance to fire. Since the mid-1960's, however, it has been proven that exposure to asbestos can cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis

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