Colorado Mesothelioma Resources and Asbestos Information
Unlike many other states in which citizens have asbestos-related health problems as a result of materials used in shipbuilding and manufacturing, Colorado's construction and insulation industry puts residents in the greatest risk of coming into contact with asbestos. Asbestos used in construction has been left behind in some cases after industrial or military bases abandoned a site. As suburbs and neighborhoods have expanded along Colorado's Front Range to the north and south of Denver, many of these sites have been excavated to build new houses. However, asbestos is present in some of the foundations, posing a hazard to workers and residents alike. One example of this occurred near Lowry at a new housing development situated near a former Air Force Base. Construction workers started digging for the new neighborhood, unknowingly sending asbestos fibers into the air. Once they realized the problem, air quality officials came in to ensure public safety. Many former mines also pose an asbestos-related threat, because the substance was used extensively in the mining industry before its hazards
were known. In addition, because the cost of cleaning up the asbestos is usually far greater at abandoned sites than the property itself is worth, it can be difficult for companies or cities to come up with funds to remove the asbestos. Because of the danger of asbestos exposure in Colorado, the Colorado State Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) requires that certified asbestos inspectors be present at any site known to have asbestos on the premises when construction is taking place. Colorado also has some of the most strict asbestos control laws in the United States. The Colorado Asbestos Control Act was passed in 2001 and was meant to provide oversight and regulation to certify individuals who work with asbestos. Among the Colorado cities most likely to put residents and visitors at risk of asbestos exposure are Aspen, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Vail.