Crews find glue with asbestos during airport renovation

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Charleston County Aviation Authority announced that crews found asbestos-containing materials on some outside walls at Charleston International Airport.

"The uncovering of concealed asbestos-containing material is not unusual in a building that is nearly 30 years old and in a construction project of this magnitude," the release read. "More importantly, the airport is acting swiftly to address this and we want the traveling public to know that the airport is safe."

CCAA Officials said they were prepared for the possibility and hired experts to survey and test for any asbestos that might be in the terminal before renovations even began.

It was those tests that found "asbestos-containing materials" in the glue under the vinyl flooring in some areas in the airport.

Officials assure state and federal regulations regarding containment, handling and removal of the asbestos-containing glue are being followed.

They also found asbestos sometime last week, this time concealed behind brick and concrete walls in front of the terminal and behind the outside walls of Concourse A.

Preliminary test results indicated that the glue used to install waterproofing material has tested positive for containing asbestos materials.

Because of the test results, demolition ceased, and the areas remained closed to the public for safety.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified and a representative is coming in to help the airport decide what to do next.

Air quality monitoring systems are also being installed in the demolition areas.

"We do not anticipate any interruptions to airport operations," officials said in a release Wednesday. "Construction continues in other parts of the airport. We want our airport partners, employees and the traveling public to be assured that your welfare and safety is important to us and that we are working diligently and quickly to address this."