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Hurricane Katrina Asbestos Exposure

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As if the hurricane wasn’t disaster enough, the demolition of hundreds of buildings released more than 100 pollutants into Louisiana’s water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos was one of those possible pollutants. August 29, 2005, is a day Louisiana residents will not soon forget.

Health Risks to Residents and Cleanup Workers

Hurricane Katrina posed a health risk not just for residents, but for the relief and cleanup workers as well. Asbestos fibers are not seriously dangerous when in solid form, stable inside of buildings and other structures. It is when the substance is crushed or torn that the fibers can be released into the air or water that it causes the most damage.

Any structures built prior to the 1970s could contain asbestos unless it has been professionally removed. This is because asbestos was an extremely common building product, used in insulation and fireproofing, for example. New Orleans and other areas that were impacted the most by Hurricane Katrina were full of pre-1970s structures.

Asbestos Debris in Landfills

Due to the catastrophic nature of Hurricane Katrina and the emergency that it was, people had little time to consider proper asbestos abatement – a process that can take months if not longer depending on the scope of the project. In fact, the EPA granted temporary approval for remediation workers to move the debris (the debris that could contain asbestos) to landfills not previously approved to hold such waste. The EPA ended up issuing some violations over these landfills, some asbestos-related.

The Louisiana mesothelioma lawyers at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC know the ins and outs of all the hotbeds for asbestos exposure in the United States. We have the playbook on many of these companies, and we draw on that extensive knowledge to fight for people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, along with their loved ones. Contact us today if you would like a free evaluation of your case.

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