According to a recent report resident of an apartment building in Ward County, North Dakota have been forced to move out of their homes due to asbestos contamination. Officials have said that residents will have to move out of the Emerson Apartment complex by mid-October, and no plans are to be made for new tenants to move in.

The building is now owned by the county, which is deciding over the future of the complex. There is a possibility that once residents have vacated the building will be remodelled and the asbestos removed, or it may end up being demolished once the asbestos has been removed.

County officials have said that tests will have to be carried out to determine just how much asbestos was used in the original construction of the building. The process and clean up of asbestos could cost up to one hundred and fifty thousand pounds.

Officials are also concerned that the building poses a danger to the environment, and have said that the decision with regards to the future of the building could have “great ramifications and consequences”.

Exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers can result in a range of health problems, including the deadly asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma.

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