The Colorado Air Pollution Control Division is investigating asbestos issues at several apartment complexes in the Colorado Springs area. For more information, including links to information/records for specific facilities and background information regarding asbestos, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
If you have information that you think would be helpful to the investigation, please call 303-692-3100.
If you have questions or concerns about potential medical effects of asbestos exposure, please speak with your medical provider and follow their recommendations.
What is asbestos and why should I be concerned about it?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. Asbestos fibers are very stable, and are resistant to both heat and chemicals. The addition of asbestos fibers adds strength and durability to many products. To date, more than 3,000 different products have been manufactured with asbestos fibers. Asbestos has never been banned totally from being added to building products and may be found in buildings/homes of any age, including new construction.
Asbestos in building materials is not a risk to human health unless it is disturbed. Inhalation of asbestos fibers may lead to increased risk for one or more diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Although scientists have not been able to determine the amount of asbestos exposure needed to cause disease, it is known that the exposure is dose-responsive. In other words, the greater the exposure and the longer it lasts, the greater the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. The goal, therefore, is to minimize one’s exposure to asbestos over a lifetime. Typically, asbestos-related diseases have a long latency period. The latency period is the time between the exposure and the onset of disease. With exposure to asbestos, symptoms may not appear for 15 to 25 years after exposure, sometimes longer. The department urges any residents of these complexes with questions or concerns about potential medical effects of asbestos exposure to speak with their medical provider. Residents should follow whatever recommendations or instructions their medical providers offer.
Where is asbestos commonly found?
A partial list of building materials that may contain asbestos includes: floor tile and related mastics (glue); caulking materials, roofing shingles and flashing; wall and ceiling textures, including “popcorn” or “cottage cheese” textures; pipe, duct and boiler insulation; linoleum; drywall and drywall mud (joint compound); vermiculite insulation; cement asbestos board shingles and siding; and acoustic ceiling tile and plaster.
Asbestos general information and resources
For more general information on asbestos, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.