The people of Austin, Texas are more than ready for the non-functioning Holly Street Power Plant to be removed from their neighborhood, but now officials have told them that the demolition is going to take at least eight months longer, due to large amounts of asbestos in the buildings.
According to KUT.org, the Holly Street Power Plant, owned by Austin Energy, was closed in 2007. Many claimed that residents near the plant had a higher than average rate of cancer. The legacy of cancer may live on at the plant, now in the form of asbestos exposure. Austin Energy reported that the company hired to demolish the facility found a lot more asbestos than they expected inside the plant.
Power plants built prior to about 1980, if not renovated, may still contain a variety of asbestos materials. Power plant workers are on the list of those most likely to develop asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.
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Since asbestos was used in so many ways, many people in various occupations suffered from exposure to the material. Asbestos was used so widely that virtually all that was involved with construction or design had exposure to asbestos in one form or another.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or any other asbestos diseases, contact our mesothelioma lawyers today at (202) 659-5500 for a free consultation.
CDK’s Tip of the Week: Asbestos is used in areas of industry such as aluminum smelter operations, steel mills, railroads, shipyards and construction sites, particularly those that have been in use since the 1970’s or before.