Campus Building to Undergo Asbestos Removal ~ The Truth About Mesothelioma

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Campus Building to Undergo Asbestos Removal

In Urbana, Illinois, the final four people occupying Lincoln Hall on the University of Illinois campus have been moved out, and the building has been closed to the public. The aging building was constructed back in 1911, and has never had a major overhaul since it was built. According to Jim Spese, project manager of the University of Illinois Facilities and Services department, a $400,000 asbestos abatement project will soon begin at Lincoln Hall.

Further money for the project will come from the Illinois Legislature, which has approved $57.3 million for the budget. However, the money will not be released to the school until it has been signed off on by the governor's office.

The asbestos abatement project will commence within the coming weeks. Asbestos removal is crucial, as asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that can manifest in three forms. Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdomen. Pericardial mesothelioma develops in the lining of the heart. Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs. There is no cure for mesothelioma, but many treatment options are available. Asbestos exposure is also linked to other respiratory illnesses, which include COPD, asbestosis, and lung cancer.

Other work on the site prior to the release of the funds will include work on the building's air conditioning system. "Best case scenario, we are hoping we will start construction by the first of December," Spese said.

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