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The Importance Of Asbestos Inspections

When you are working on older buildings in Brisbane it is very likely that they have asbestos. Asbestos can cause a lot of problems and it can create serious health issues that can lead to cancer and even death. Asbestos is invisible and it is odorless and if you end up with asbestos in your lungs you are very likely to get cancer at some point in your life. Whenever you are working on an older building you are going to have to make sure that you have the building tested before you start ripping down the walls.

If you don't have the building tested you are very likely going to end up breathing in asbestos and anyone else who is in the house or breathes the debris is going to breathe it in as well. Asbestos is deadly and you need to have the building tested before it comes down.

It is important to use a reliable asbestos testing service to ensure that you get the asbestos identified and removed. If the inspector finds asbestos you are going to have to spend the money to have it all removed before you can complete your renovation project. The cost of removing the asbestos is going to depend on how much asbestos you have to remove and how long the job is going to take.

Removing asbestos is a complicated procedure and the area has to be contained for safety. It can be a very involved procedure that takes a lot of time so you have to make sure that you are prepared for the cost and that you choose an experienced company with people who can ensure that all the asbestos is removed safely at all times.

If asbestos fibers get into your lungs there is no way to get them out again and they can cause cell changes in your lungs that lead to cancer. The fibers lodge in your lungs and burrow into them. If you don't get cancer you are likely to end up with breathing problems and other issues that are going to make it difficult to live a healthy life.
Whenever you work on an older building you are going to need to ensure that you get the asbestos testing you need to make things safe. You don't want to risk your health so you need to make sure that you get the asbestos taken care of right away.

Resignations From SaveCCU

CCU Volunteers who have resigned their membership in SaveCCU:

John Bucholz (recently appointed to the Supervisory Committee)
Duane Bequette (Board of Directors)
John Cheek (Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee)
Steve Straub (Board of Directors)
Continued Membership in SaveCCU

CCU Volunteers who continue as members of SaveCCU:

Cathryn Chudy (Board of Directors)
Kathryn Edgecomb (Board of Directors)
Ralph Erdmann (Board of Directors)
Emmy Winterburn (Board of Directors)
Lloyd Marbet (Supervisory Committee)
Bob Winterburn (Supervisory Committee)
Gene Yarnell (Supervisory Committee)
NCUA Oversight of Credit Union Conversions Challenged

In January of 2005 the NCUA updated its rules to require increased disclosure requirements for federal credit unions that seek to convert to a thrift charter. The purpose of the change in rules was to insure that credit union members would be fully informed when they undertook a vote on a conversion to a mutual savings bank.

HR 3206, entitled the Credit Union Charter Choice Act, was introduced in Congress by Rep.'s McHenry (R-NC) and Towns (D-NY) on July 12, 2005, and has been referred to the House Financial Services Committee. This bill would change NCUA's oversight of the voting methods and procedures regarding such conversions... the commercial law banking industry is lobbying heavily in favor of the passage of this bill, which constitutes a measure that would, according to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) "...make it easier for credit unions to convert to bank charters..."

  What credit union members can do is become informed about this measure (start with the link below). Then contact
your representatives to weigh in on this critical and pending legislation. The text of the bill is at the conclusion of the article linked below. The sticker to the left provides help in contacting your representatives.

The Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, chaired by Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL), held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3206, the Credit Union Charter Choice Act, on May 11, 2006.
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