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Asbestos News

Asbestos issues arise with Florida courthouse
An official in Florida says that it might make more sense for his municipality to tear down an existing courthouse due to its asbestos issues than to abate the naturally occurring substance.

Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent said that the cost of removing the asbestos from the Marathon courthouse might make the option of building a completely new facility the more attractive choice, according to KeysNet.com.

It would reportedly cost about $165,000 to remove the asbestos from the courthouse.

"Presently, what we're doing is a Band-Aid approach as opposed to a proper procedure to deal with this in a comprehensive way. Money could clearly be the limiting factor here. But when I look at the need and the asbestos problem ... my thoughts are let's talk about razing the whole area, including the sheriff's station, and build a complex," Neugent said in an email to other officials, reports the news provider.

Regardless of the decision the county and city reach, dealing the with asbestos is of the utmost importance as exposure to the naturally occurring substance has been proven to cause asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma for nearly five decades.

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