Defense ministry to remove asbestos from all military structures by 2025 | Korea

The defense ministry said Monday it will eliminate asbestos from all military facilities by 2025 to ensure the health and safety of service members.

Around 11,600 military structures, including accommodations and sentry posts, were found to contain the carcinogenic material, according to an inspection last year.

Of them, 5,450 buildings linked directly to everyday lives, such as barracks and restaurants inside bases, will first be rid of asbestos by 2022, and the remainder, including warehouses and defunct posts, by 2025, according to the ministry.

This year, around 69.9 billion won ($58.04 million) was earmarked for the project, and at least 60 billion won per year will be set aside until 2025, it added.