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Asbestos discovery halts plans to demolish Iowa properties

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Marshalltown officials have learned that asbestos will have to be removed from five properties in the city.

The removal will temporarily halt planned demolition and clearance of the properties.

The City Council had already approved on Tuesday the demolition and clearance bids on the properties when it learned of the asbestos.

City Housing and Community Development director Michelle Spohnheimer says the asbestos will be "removed as soon as possible," but that officials don't have an estimated date of completion.

Asbestos is a material that was often used for building insulation in the 20th century before its toxicity to human health was discovered.

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