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Demolition can stir up asbestos and put a stop to construction

Here in Georgia, as elsewhere across the United States, many buildings still contain building materials made from toxic substances. One of the most prevalent is asbestos. When buildings are demolished in order to renovate or build new structures, this toxic material could be stirred up and necessitate all construction efforts to stop until asbestos abatement can occur. Until the matter is dealt with, it could cause a great deal of trepidation for those living or working near the site.

This is the issue plaguing on community on the West Coast right now. Back in April, construction crews demolishing a building for a shopping center project found asbestos. All work immediately stopped on the demolition, but the asbestos has yet to be removed, and many members of the community are not happy.

Of course, there is some concern regarding the eyesore that a half-demolished building presents. However, many of the California neighborhood's residents are concerned about the potential exposure to asbestos even though officials say that it is contained. For now, the issue is money. It can be costly to remove asbestos, but community officials and residents are beginning not to care how much it will cost the developer.

Georgia residents may understand how difficult it would be just to take someone's word that no danger exists, along with the fact that the issue remains. If such an issue came up here in Atlanta, the local government may attempt to force the issue, and it may come down to the need for legal action to get the job done. Having a partially demolished structure with asbestos languishing in it may not be good for anyone involved, and at some point, a resolution would need to be found.

Source:, "'It's unacceptable:' Asbestos discovery leads to indefinite halt of Oakland mall construction", Lisa Fernandez, Sept. 18, 2017

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