Cleveland, Ohio (Mesothelioma) — Honeywell International demolished a former Bendix Brake plant in Cleveland, Ohio at the end of January, as it has been shown that the brake pad manufacturing plant has a large amount of asbestos present at the site.
The existing Bendix Brake buildings will be completely demolished by the end of spring, city officials said.
Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Economic Development Doug Berry explained that the plant has been designated a
Brownfield site by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) due to the amount of asbestos at the site. He added that tearing down the hazardous brake pad manufacturing plant is a better financial decision than restoring the site for a new purpose.
The EPA will oversee the asbestos abatement to its completion, ensuring that the safety of the cleanup crew is also taken into consideration.
Asbestos exposure has been shown to be the cause of the development of mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, for which there is no known cure.