Georgia parents concerned about potential improper asbestos disposal at schoolParents and local residents of Dunwoody, Georgia, are reportedly up in arms over the renovation of Dunwoody High School, claiming workers at the site did not properly dispose of asbestos, CBS Atlanta reports.
According to the news source, the issue in question is a dumpster near the school, which the Environmental Protection Agency says needs to be protected by a fence so that no one can access the potentially contaminated debris.
Joe Hirsch, a nearby resident, told the news provider that he was surprised by the lack of caution being taken with the debris from the building.
"You can see them just taking shovel-fulls and throwing the debris on top of the dumpster, and it's just blowing around," Hirsch said. "I'm not an expert on asbestos but I do know there should be some sort of warning label, there's children playing here."
The concerns of Hirsch and other residents are far from unfounded, as exposure to the carcinogenic material has been proven to cause a range of deadly diseases including lung cancer, asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.
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