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Updated: 1/21 11:59 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- New documents from the city are giving insight into a possible asbestos problem.

Neighbors in Springfield have big concerns after capturing pictures of recent demolitions in their neighborhoods. Action News spoke to them last week, revealing the potential improper removal of dangerous asbestos. It's an issue city leaders are now investigating.

While the city doesn't know yet if that did happen in Springfield, Action News found there has been a communication breakdown in the two city departments that are supposed to protect you from asbestos. Now, new documents we were given Tuesday show the problem goes beyond Springfield.

One shows a citation from 2011, complete with pictures before and after demolition of the King Dragon Chinese restaurant in Arlington. The violations included, failure of one city department to notify the other about the demolition The 2011 citation also noted not having a trained asbestos representative on site during the removal. There was even a notice about asbestos demolition.

With the problems in the past and a new investigation being done, the question still to be answered is did city demolitions put neighbors at risk of a dangerous cancer causing material. Some say yes.

City leaders are still reviewing this issue, and I'm told they will get back to me when they have more information. To see all of our reports, click on the Action Button.
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imtellin - 1/22/2014 5:29 AM
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the city is kidding itself, if it thinks it can control dangerous asbestos particles from escaping with waterhoses !!! remova, by trained,licensed,experts & negative atmosphereuring removal, double bagging asbestos & removal to a licensed burial/handlining site is the only way to ensure the publics safety!!! but hey, if the city of jacksonville, florida thinks it can contain asbestos fibers with a garden hose, or a fire hose, then who is the federal government to think otherwise... we all know cheaper works beter ??
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