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Asbestos News

Cleanup of fire-destroyed New York house delayed by asbestos
A house in Westfield, New York, that was reportedly destroyed by fire this summer remains a pile of debris as officials determine who will be responsible for removing asbestos from the burned-down structure.

The Observer reports the town of Westfield is weighing potential options, which include citing the property owner and taking her to court or simply paying for the asbestos removal itself and placing a lien on the property for a payment once it is sold.

During the December Westfield Town Board meeting, building and zoning code enforcement officer Jim Pacanowski noted that if the Department of Environmental Conservation saw the pile of asbestos-containing debris, the owner of the property would be fined.

David Brown, a town board member, added that he would like to see legal action taken on the property as soon as possible.

Ensuring that asbestos is removed properly can be a complicated process because if the naturally occurring mineral fibers are disturbed during such work, they can be inhaled by workers or people in the area. This can then lead to the development of asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma or lung cancer.
1/3/12

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