A section of land in Fort Carson, Colorado, has been sealed off by officials recently due to possible risk of exposure to asbestos, which is a mineral that can cause a range of health problems through exposure, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

Asbestos was apparently found on the section of land, where an elementary school and a housing development are due to be constructed. As a result of this discovery officials had to seal off the area for the safety of others whilst the problem is looked at and addressed.

Karen Connelly, of Fort Carson Public Affairs, said: “A 39-acre parcel of land east of Gate 1, as a precautionary measure, has been fenced off with ‘Caution Do Not Enter’ signs. Some debris containing asbestos was found in March by the posts’ Directorate of Public Works employees during a routine environmental inspection.”

It is unknown where the asbestos actually originated from, and Connelly said that the removal of the asbestos materials will not be required until construction is due to begin according to Colorado Department of Environmental Health and Environment regulations.

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