Asbestos Pops up at New England Military Site

by Sokolove Law

A Massachusetts asbestos removal at a former antenna-testing facility highlights the dangers that military personnel have long faced from asbestos exposure.

The facility, located on 65 acres in the coastal town of Ipswich, was built in World War II. The Air Force used it for antenna and radar technology testing and research. The military has been leasing the land from a family that owns the land, according to The Salem News.

The Air Force inactivated and officially closed the facility in 2011. The landowners asked that that the military demolish all of the structures on the site. Although the facility sits on top of a large hill in a residential neighborhood, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that there is no danger from the abatement. “The pedestrians are perfectly safe as long as they don’t enter the restricted construction site,” he said.

For much of the 20th century, the military used many asbestos containing material products. These components offered excellent insulation, flame-resistance, and durability. As this veteran’s Web site points out, they included brakes, gaskets, valves, cements, adhesives, and pipe lagging.

When disturbed, microscopic asbestos fibers are released into the air where they are easily inhaled. Fibers can then become embedded in the lungs and other internal organs. Scarring can lead to potentially fatal diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related condition and believe you were exposed to asbestos at a jobsite, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call Sokolove Law today to discuss a potential asbestos lawsuit.

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