An Iowa Post Office will soon be closing at the height of the busy postal season due to the necessary removal of asbestos located in the building. The necessity to remove the asbestos arises out of the need for a new heating and air conditioning system in the building.
In order to remove the old system and install a new one the asbestos that will be disturbed has to be safely removed in order to prevent exposure to dangerous asbestos fibers. When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed such fibers can be released into the air and inhaled by those nearby.
Exposure to even a small amount of asbestos fibers can lead to the development of any one of a number of related diseases. Because these diseases may not show up for up to fifty years, treatment options are only a means of controlling pain and temporarily improving quality of life. Many individuals pass away from such diseases only a short time following diagnosis.
Residents who receive their mail at the West Branch Post Office will have to pick up their mail at the nearby Iowa City postal office or make other arrangements such as having their mail forwarded to neighbors and familyâ€™s houses.
The West Branch Post Office is expected to be closed for approximately two weeks but residents are concerned that the project will drag on longer than expected.