County Commissioners Contract Aztec Environmental Services, Inc. for Asbestos Abatement Project

In a 5-0 vote on December 3rd, the Guadalupe County commissioners accepted a bid for asbestos abatement at the county’s Agriculture Building, which is set to undergo renovations over the next six months. The winning bid came from Aztec Environmental Services, Inc., a Fort Worth-based company that proposed the lowest of three bids for the job.

One week earlier, the commissioners had approved a contract with the architectural firm ThornGraves for renovation of the Agricultural Building. The bids had already been received for the task of asbestos removal at the site; however, no vote had occurred at that time. Although it may take up to five weeks for ThornGraves to finalize plans for the renovation project, Guadalupe County Judge Larry Jones stated that Aztec may move forward with the abatement process. He also said that Aztec would be removing mold and mildew from the Agriculture Building, as well. The building will serve as the office for AgriLife Extension, a service through Texas A&M that provides community-based education.

Exposure to asbestos, which is considered a carcinogen, is a major cause of mesothelioma, and many structures built prior to the middle of the twentieth century are infused with asbestos. Highly acclaimed for its fire- and heat-resistant properties, asbestos was a go-to material throughout and after the Industrial Revolution and was frequently used in a variety of blue-collar professions. Its dangerous properties weren’t apparent until relatively recently, and as a result, the current regulations regarding removal of this harmful mineral are particularly stringent and can lead to criminal charges.

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