Illinois courthouse needs asbestos removal

The Knox County courthouse located in Galesburg will be evaluated by an asbestos abatement company to determine asbestos removal costs.

Illinois asbestos abatement-Building committee hires consultant to discover the asbestos removal costs of the Knox County courthouse in Galesburg.

Galesburg, IL–Knox County asbestos abatement project needs and costs of the courthouse located in Galesburg will be determined by an asbestos demolition and removal consultant. As reported by, Johnson Building Systems, Inc., who was hired as a consultant by the Knox County Board’s building committee to find an asbestos consulting firm to determine an asbestos demolition and removal plan for the courthouse, recently submitted bids from five abatement consultants to the board. This is the beginning stages of a typically lengthy project when asbestos containing building materials are involved. An expert consultant must go through the entire structure, review the location and condition of the asbestos, and then develop a demolition and removal plan.

JBS recommended the low bidder for the asbestos evaluation portion of renovation and construction project of the Galesburg court house. The building committee voted 7-0 in acceptance of Graves Environmental’s bid of $2,785 to perform a complete evaluation of the toxic asbestos materials used in the construction of the courthouse. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and exposure to the dangerous, fibrous substance has been ruled unsafe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) When people inhale asbestos through primary and/or secondary exposure the fibrous, toxic material can cause chronic respiratory illnesses like asbestosis and fatal cancers like mesothelioma.

Several federal and state agencies, like the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulate strict guidelines for contractors, construction workers, laborers, and renovators regarding the handling, demolition, and removal of asbestos containing materials. The Knox County Board’s building committee is in the initial process of identifying the asbestos materials which are believed to specifically involve pipes and plumbing work. Once the court house building is evaluated and an abatement a plan to remove the asbestos is outlined, including the costs of such a project, the Knox County Board will vote on the best course of action regarding the current court house building in Galesurg to ensure the health and safety of all those involved in the project.

Illinois asbestos abatement alerts by legal news reporter Heather L. Ryan.

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