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Detroit Stopped from Demolishing Vacant Homes due to Possible Asbestos Contamination


Michiganís EMSL Analytical laboratory can provide the city and demolition contractors with quick and accurate asbestos testing solutions.

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Earlier this week it was reported that Detroitís plan to demolish 3,000 vacant homes this year has been put on hold by Michiganís Department of Natural Resources (DNRE). The agency learned of the cityís plans from the media and discovered that they had failed to follow state regulations regarding asbestos testing and removal.

The city must test for asbestos and if any is found properly remove the cancer causing material before razing the abandoned structures. A ten day notification to the state is also required before restarting the demolition process.

Since asbestos can be easily aerosolized when disturbed the destruction of so many structures with possible asbestos contamination could lead to dangerous conditions for workers and nearby residents. Cancers associated with asbestos exposure sometimes take decades to appear after initial exposure.

The city has acknowledged the situation and plans to move forward following all state regulations and procedures. The initial 3,000 structures slated to be razed this year will be part of a total of 10,000 over the next four years.

EMSL Analytical, one of the nationís largest asbestos testing laboratories, has nearly three decades of asbestos testing experience. They have an accredited asbestos testing laboratory in nearby Ann Arbor, Michigan that can provide rapid and cost effective asbestos testing for the city and demolition contractors.

ďEMSLís Ann Arbor, Michigan laboratory has been providing asbestos testing solutions for area residents and industries for many years,Ē reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President for EMSL Analytical. ďThe NVLAP accredited laboratory is one of Michiganís premier asbestos and environmental testing facilities and it is also certified to test for asbestos in drinking water,Ē Frasca continued.

To learn more about asbestos testing or other testing needs please visit, email or call (800) 220-3675.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of consumer product, environmental, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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