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Asbestos News

Idaho courthouse employees concerned over asbestos
Workers at an Idaho courthouse are worried about potentially being exposed to asbestos.

According to the Bonner County Daily Bee, some employees are concerned that renovation work being performed at the courthouse in Sandpoint is releasing asbestos fibers into the air.

County Commissioner Cornel Rasor and Larry Hegel, an environmental consultant with Kyron Environmental, met with employees at the courthouse to assuage their concerns.

"We're not in an environment that's exposed to asbestos and we haven't been," Hegel said, reports the news source. "The presence of asbestos doesn't mean we're breathing it in."

While air testing has come back negative for asbestos fibers, the workers' fears are understandable as exposure to the naturally occurring mineral, which was once widely used in the construction industry as an insulator and flame retardant, can cause lung cancer, asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer.

The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 people die each year around the world because of such illnesses.

Rasor told the news source that the asbestos abatement work at the courthouse is on indefinite hold due to lack of funds.

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