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Tuesday, December 12, 2017  

 
Environmental Concerns
 
  Introduction

In real estate today, several environmental issues are the concerns of potential investors, developers, lenders, and homeowners. A lack of understanding can be intimidating and frightening, and may result in substantial risk to many different parties. Below are explanations of predominating environmental issues, and links to organizations that can provide you with the information you need to make healthy, confident decisions in your real estate transactions.

 

Mainstream Environmental Concerns

Asbestos Electromagnetic Fields Lead-based Paint Mold (Black Mold) Methyl Tertia-Butyl Ether Polychlorinated Biphenyls Radon Gas Underground Storage Tanks

Asbestos

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral found in rocks and soil throughout the world. It has been used in architectural and construction applications because it is a strong, durable, fire retardant, and an efficient insulator.

There are two types of asbestos, friable and non-friable. Friable materials are materials that can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure. These particles and fibers, once airborne, must be inhaled to pose a danger.

Studies of industry workers exposed to airborne asbestos indicated many health risks including lung, stomach, esophagus, and colon cancer, which may not appear for many years following exposure.
 
 

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