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What Happens When Asbestos Is Discovered?

If asbestos is suspected, Paragon Environmental will have that area tested before removing any materials. Demolition proceeds only after all materials are tested. This is the standard required by law in the state of Colorado. Colorado Regulation 8 is explained more thoroughly on the following page. Here is the link to the Colorado law. If …

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Asbestos Spills: What You Should Know

Asbestos spills can affect everyone involved in a building project, including homeowners, business owners, building owners, and contractors. Of primary concern is the threat to human health caused by the release of asbestos fibers into the air. Once these fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can become lodged inside the lungs or abdominal cavity, where …

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Facts About Asbestos Exposure: Statistics, Production and Disease

Although asbestos mining and production in the United States has significantly dropped since the 1980s, asbestos exposure continues to raise concerns. For example, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) was recently dispatched to Ansonia, Connecticut where they investigated reports of contamination in the Naugatuck River. As part of their investigation, a nearby building …

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What is Asbestos? Are You Exposed To Asbestos in Your Area?

Asbestos dominated American manufacturing for over half of the 20th century. It was used across nearly all industries, including the construction of homes, offices, schools, ships, roadways, and more. Its tensile strength, heat-resistance, and insulative properties suggested that it could propel us to new technological and economical heights. However, by the 1970s it was clear …

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Asbestos Exposure and Popcorn Ceilings

Let’s take a little trip back to the 70s. What might the well-appointed family room look like in the 1970s? The walls would be painted or wallpapered, likely with trendy tones of gold, orange, and avocado green. Seating would include a hip rattan hanging chair flanked by rattan side tables and rattan shelves (basically, rattan …

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Questions About Asbestos Exposure

Despite widespread bans and heavy federal, state, and local regulations concerning its use, asbestos is still making the headlines today. For example, a public library in Normal, Illinois is currently studying options to deal with asbestos in an older section of their building. Asbestos in older structures, known as “legacy asbestos”, continues to haunt homeowners …

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Legacy Asbestos – Knowing Your Risks

The devastating effects of asbestos on human health prompted several U.S. federal agencies to ban many asbestos-containing materials by 1978. However, did you know that currently asbestos is not totally banned and can still be used in the manufacture of products such as cement shingles, floor tiles, wallboard, and roofing materials? Further, homes built prior …

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Where Does The U.S. Stand on Asbestos & COPD?

It seems we hear a lot about COPD lately. COVID may have brought more attention to the disease. Here is some information on both asbestos and COPD and how they are related. The harmful properties of asbestos were identified as early as the 1920s, when a British doctor noted that asbestos can cause lung “fibrosis.” …

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Living In Colorado, Should I Be Concerned About Asbestos?

In 1989, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rule prohibiting the manufacture, importation, processing, and distribution in commerce of most asbestos-containing products. However, this rule was soon contested by domestic and foreign industries and the court ultimately invalidated the rule “based on findings that the EPA did not present sufficient evidence to justify …

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