Did you know that most pipelines were protected by asbestos? It’s true. Once upon a time, asbestos was used as a popular liner to protect gas pipelines. In fact, up to 50 percent of the wrapping around the length of a pipe may possibly be made of asbestos!
After the Clean Air Act was enacted in 1965, asbestos pipeline coatings began to disappear. Yet there are still hundreds of thousands of pipelines that are still covered with asbestos. When asbestos becomes dry and brittle, it becomes a very fine fiber that, if inhaled, can cause many deadly diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Scranton PA Asbestos Removal From Gas Pipelines – WTR Environmental Services
When it comes to asbestos removal from gas lines, our Scranton team takes extreme care to make sure the risk of exposure is minimal. Pipelines are cut and removed from the ground, the coating is barely disturbed so it does not crumble and cause problems. It is always done in an open area with workers having minor exposure to the material.
Our Scranton workers use safety equipment that meets all OSHA requirements and, if the pipe needs to be transported, we will wrap all pipe ends at once after a truck is loaded.
If your business has a gas pipeline that needs to be checked for asbestos, we’re here to help. Contact WTR Environmental today for more information.