Ocean City Today

Demo continues on 94th despite asbestos reports

By Greg Ellison | Feb 15, 2018
Photo by: Greg Ellison Despite calls to the Maryland Department of the Environment over asbestos concerns, demolition work at the Ocean Plaza Mall on 94th Street continued to progress this week.

(Feb. 16, 2018) Demolition work on the Ocean Plaza Mall on 94th Street, which began last week, nearly came to a standstill after questions were raised about asbestos at the site.

Maryland Department of the Environment spokesperson Jay Apperson confirmed the state was contacted after work started last Thursday about potential health issues.

“We received complaints about asbestos possibly being at the site,” he said.

During a subsequent investigation, Apperson said the concern, while not without merit, would not require shutting down the demolition project, which appears to remain on track for completion before summer.

“It is our understanding the site contains non-friable asbestos,” he said.

Asbestos is most hazardous when it is “friable,” which is easily crumbled and can release airborne fibers, which in addition to cancer can cause a lung disease called asbestosis.

On Wednesday, Apperson said the Department of the Environment is scheduled to visit the site by week’s end and would continue inspections until demolition is completed.

“The material is bound between two layers of the roof,” he said. “They are taking it off in a manner to not expose the asbestos.”

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