Piketon, Ohio – The asbestos abatement procedure for the X-333 Process Building at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Portsmouth Site has been completed, giving demolishers the ok to tear down the former gaseous diffusion plant.

The abatement process has been going on since November and is part of the DOE’s decontamination process for all sites that are to be demolished. The Portsmouth Site has been around since 1954, when asbestos was legally used in the United States.

The asbestos in the building was mainly used for insulation. However, before any building can be turned down, asbestos needs to be removed thoroughly or else anyone in the building will be at risk of developing any number of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma cancer, a deadly disease that affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest.

Mesothelioma affects roughly 3,500 victims a year in the United States alone, but many more cases go unnoticed. The cancer is extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat because it can take up to 50 years to manifest. Usually when it does, symptoms are not severe enough to cause alarm and victims never end up getting the medical help they need.

Although some treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can help relieve some of the symptoms and possibly help ward off the cancer, there is currently no cure for mesothelioma.

“Protecting the health and safety of the personnel at the plant and in the community, as well as the environment, is the first priority in the clean-up process. Safe asbestos removal like this in the X-333 will be a significant part of the activities to come,” said Vince Adams, DEO site coordinator at Portsmouth.

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