LAWRENCEVILLE, Pa. - According to the Allegheny County Health Department, test results show several neighbors in Ingram have been living next to dangerous asbestos.
“The cement shingles on the building resulted in 30 percent asbestos,” said Jim Thompson, director of the ACHD. “That’s dangerous. Anything over 1 percent covered in county regulations is certainly on the high end.”
According to the ACHD, the owner of the property did not apply for a permit to remove the siding.
“(Work crews) were put at some risk, but the one saving thing is these cement shingles weren’t very fragile so they weren’t at great risk. But we’re following proper procedure,” Thompson said.
The owner told Kaminski he intends to comply with health department regulations, but wouldn’t say why he didn’t have the property tested.
The enforcement arm of the health department is investigating.