Gov. Nixon announced the City of St. Louis received $15,000 to fund the asbestos program in the St. Louis Area

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Volume 37-254 For Immediate Release: Aug. 11, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- Gov. Jay Nixon announced the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a subgrant to fund asbestos work in the city of St. Louis.  The subgrant award of $15,000 will be used to fund the city's Asbestos Program from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.  During tough economic times, this infusion of grant funding will help the city protect its citizens and the environment by continuing asbestos work in their area. 

The city of St. Louis will use the subgrant to review asbestos notifications, enforce the asbestos laws and regulations, and collect the appropriate fees. Because of the dangers associated with asbestos exposure, regulating renovations and demolitions where asbestos may be present is an important part of protecting public health.  

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber. Because of its natural resistance to fire, heat and electricity, asbestos has and continues to be used in many different materials. These materials include automotive products, such as brake pads, and building materials such as flooring, ceiling texture and plasters. Because of the microscopic nature of asbestos fibers, once airborne they can be easily inhaled. Exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to asbestosis, mesothelioma and several forms of cancer.

The Department of Natural Resources' Air Pollution Control Program will administer the grant funds. The Department is committed to working closely with local partners to assist with funding efforts that improve air quality and protect public health in Missouri.

For more information, contact the Department's Air Pollution Control Program at P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-4817.