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Asbestos News

Asbestos removal begins at Florida apartment complex
The removal of asbestos and other potentially hazardous material has begun at the Gifford Gardens apartment complex in Florida, TCPalm reports.

According to the news source, the asbestos abatement is the last project that needs to be completed before a demolition company can tear down the 57-year-old complex that is reportedly considered by many to be an eyesore in the local community.

Contractor All Phase will reportedly receive $12,700 for the asbestos removal, the news provider said. The county will front the money, but it will seek reimbursement from City National Bank, which holds the mortgage.

The decision to demolish the facility was made by county commissioners in November, and building inspectors had said for a number of years that the complex was unsafe and often attracted criminal activity.

It is important that asbestos is properly handled and removed prior to the demolition of a building as the inhalation of the loose fibers can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that occurs in the tissues surrounding many of the body's internal organs.
4/28/11

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