For years, asbestos was used in a wide range of building materials for its insulating qualities, its resistance to heat and chemicals and the strength it added to end products. This includes:

Over time, however, asbestos has also been found to be a dangerous carcinogen that can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis and other serious respiratory conditions.

Our  Asbestos Services

Big East Environmental has done thousands of asbestos inspections and offers a comprehensive array of asbestos services, including:

Pre-Demolition Asbestos Surveys for Permitting Processes

Having performed thousands of pre-demolition asbestos surveys, Big East Environmental is very familiar with local demolition permit requirements. We know that time is of the essence, which is why we deliver your report to you within as little as 24 hours.


For much of the 20th century, builders used vermiculite insulation, especially in attics and walls. Seventy percent of all vermiculite sold in the U.S. between 1919 and 1990 came from a mine close to Libby, Montana. The majority of vermiculite insulation, which was often marketed as Zonolite, was made from vermiculite sourced from this site. It has since been discovered that there was a deposit of asbestos in this mine as well, so vermiculite insulation is assumed to be contaminated with asbestos.

Not only can Big East Environmental help you determine if you have vermiculite insulation, we have experience with the Zonolite Attic Insulation Trust – a reimbursement program for insulation removal and re-insulation – and can help you through the process.

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