According to KTBC-TV, a number of people in an east Austin neighborhood are raising concerns over a demolition project that they fear will place asbestos fibers in the air.
The station reported that near Fairway Street and Montopolis Drive, a vacant building is set to be demolished by a local company, which contracted out an abatement company to get rid of old asbestos from the building.
“It’s not safe. This corner’s not safe right now,” Danny Perez, the President of the Montopolis Neighborhood Association-El Concilio told KTBC, hinting at potential asbestos problems.
Perez said that he is worried that people in the neighborhood are going to get sick. “You can see the air’s blowing today,” said Perez.
One resident said she was already starting to feel sick. “I’ve been real light-headed, real weak and…throwing up,” Sandra Orozco said. She was also worried about asbestos exposure among her children.
“I got my four little ones…at my store, we always have little kids–5, 6, 7 and they go in by themselves, without parents,” Sandra told KTBC.
The station said when they arrived at the site they saw workers piling up debris inside the building, and not putting it into containers. Citizens were also walking around by the project.
“It took for [KTBC] to come out here, so people could see what’s going on. I never got a letter saying that this was gonna be happening this week…There was bad communication with the City of Austin and the neighborhood here,” Perez told KTBC.
What Can I Do If I Was Exposed to Asbestos?
The most common way for asbestos to enter a person’s body is through the air. According to KTBC, larger fibers usually are trapped in the nose hairs, but some fibers are so small they can go deep into the lungs.
Abatement companies are supposed to follow very strict rules when dealing with demolition projects containing toxic materials. Asbestos was widely used in construction and design projects prior to 1970, so many people who have worked on demolition or remodeling projects involving older buildings have most likely been exposed to asbestos.
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[Did You Know: The Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of asbestos in consumer products in 1970.]