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Long After Structural Fires, Asbestos Hazards May Linger

EMSL Analytical offers asbestos testing services to help prevent human exposure to their carcinogenic fibers.


Cinnaminson, NJ, July 30, 2013

Earlier this month, the Belleville News-Democrat published a report about a vacant property in Belleville, Illinois. The vacant parcel of land, located in downtown Belleville, used to be the location of two buildings that housed several businesses.

In 2010, a fire destroyed the properties and they were later torn down. A year later, the article reports that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) cited the city, property owners and an excavating company for the release of asbestos into the air and for failing to notifying the IEPA of the demolition.

Structural fires in older buildings that contain asbestos can result in asbestos being released into the air.  Even long after a fire damaged building has been demolished, as is the case in Belleville, asbestos may still be present in the soil on the property if procedures were not in place to properly address the asbestos. If this soil is disturbed, it can release asbestos fibers into the air which could then pose a health risk for people in the area.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Exposure to airborne friable asbestos may result in a potential health risk because persons breathing the air may breathe in asbestos fibers. Continued exposure can increase the amount of fibers that remain in the lung. Fibers embedded in lung tissue over time may cause serious lung diseases including asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma"

One of the leading providers of asbestos testing services to prevent exposure following a fire, flood or other natural disaster is EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Asbestos was used in so many different types of common building materials in older properties that it’s important that these properties be tested following a fire or other damaging event before any repairs or demolition work begins,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL provides quick and affordable testing solutions to ensure people are not being exposed to asbestos fibers and that regulations that relate to any testing requirements associated with the potential presence of asbestos are being followed.”

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

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality 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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