Connecticut school board approves window replacement after asbestos discoveryThe board of education has been seeking to replace the windows at Gideon Welles School in Glastonbury, Connecticut, for a number of years, but the project had not yet been prioritized, CTNow.com reports.
However, with the recent discovery of asbestos in the glazing of the windows, the board has decided to unanimously approve changes that make the window replacements the number two priority, according to the news provider.
According to facilities director Herb Schwind, the windows are old and the asbestos was found in the glazing, while PCBs were discovered in the materials surrounding the frames.
"While the material is present, it is manageable," he said. "No interim measures need to be taken. There is no risk to staff or students."
With the discovery of the PCBs and the asbestos, the cost of the project increased from $810,000 to $1.67 million, including a potential $360,000 reimbursement from the state, according to the news source.
It is important that the asbestos is removed from the windows as inhalation of the deadly mineral fibers can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.
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