According to WATE, the federal building in Oak Ridge was closed over the weekend after asbestos was discovered during an inspection. Approximately 350 Department of Energy employees work there, also U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann keeps in office in the building.
The building will remain closed indefinitely.
On Monday, a meeting will be held to figure out where employees will work while the asbestos is removed from the building.
Asbestos is a hazardous mineral with microscopic fibers that was widely used in the construction and automotive industries. Asbestos exposures can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Companies that manufactured and sold asbestos products knew in the 1930s that asbestos exposures was dangerous. However, these companies never informed the public about the dangers of asbestos. The public didn't learn about the hazards of asbestos exposure until several decades later.
If you or a loved has been diagnosed with asbestosis or mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. An experienced Knoxville mesothelioma lawyer can help guide you through the legal process. Contact Greg Coleman Law to learn more about asbestos lawsuits.
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