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Austin power plant removal to take longer than expected due to asbestos

June 7th, 2013

An east Austin power plant is taking longer to remove than expected due to large amounts of asbestos. The Holly Street Power Plant dismantling has been delayed at least 6 months, while the city pays more than $3.8 million to pay for asbestos removal.

Removing all asbestos from the area of the site is particularly important, because it is expected to be used as public park lands. It is unclear whether any former workers at the power plant were exposed to the unknown amount of asbestos.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic building material used most prevalently from the 1940s through the 1970s. Asbestos exposure has been directly linked to the development of mesothelioma cancer, a deadly disease that attacks the lungs and abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma can take decades to develop.

 

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