Charleston, South Carolina - responsible for Airport International of Charleston seek to retrieve finance devoted to the removal of the containing material asbestos discovered during the renovation. Asbestos, which is integrated into an agent waterproofing, will delay construction at the airport by about a month. It will cost also $670,000 to remove it, a cost not included in the price tag of 200 000 000 $de redevelopment project.
Director Paul Campbell said that patrons and employees of the airport were never exposed to the harmful substance because he was behind the walls of bricks and never took off.
Because the original construction was made in the early 1980s, after asbestos was banned, Campbell and other airport officials seek to keep the financially responsible violators. "When the airport was built, it was well known that asbestos was toxic," said airport Attorney Arnold Goodstein. "We will watch closely to see if we can find this funding from the contractor who installed it or the manufacturer who made it. ''
Although the original contractor used the material containing asbestos after the ban, it is possible that its use was legal. According to Anne Kearse, a lawyer based on Mount Pleasant, which specializes in the case of asbestos, not all products containing asbestos were banned in the 1970s. "There are certain products that still have asbestos that are properly labeled," she explains. "They must be below a certain level."
After more than three decades, there is also a possibility that the responsible parties are out of reach. "If the contractor or manufacturer is no longer in activity, the airport could turn to a dealer who sold, but even in this case, the airport could have to dig to make a legal case, said Kearse.
Exposure to asbestos is extremely dangerous for lung health, and it is the main cause of mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer that has a prognosis grave. Despite the prohibition of asbestos, about 3,000 mesothelioma diagnoses are made each year.