London’s most famous home, Buckingham Palace, is set to undergo massive asbestos removal at a cost of more than £150 million. The Queen of England will reportedly be moved from the palace for several weeks while the teams remove the carcinogenic building material.
Buckingham Palace hasn’t undergone major renovations since the 1950s, an era when use of asbestos in insulation, plumbing and other construction was extremely prevalent. The material has since been restricted or banned in most modern countries after asbestos exposure was directly linked to mesothelioma, a severe form of cancer.
Tens of thousands of mesothelioma lawsuits have been filed after residents and employees were exposed to asbestos. When the material is disturbed, it releases tiny fibers. If inhaled, the fibers can lodge in the lungs and form into mesothelioma, asbestosis and other deadly diseases. Mesothelioma can takes decades to develop.