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Asbestos News

New Jersey town hall reopened after asbestos scare
After a brief asbestos scare, a town hall in New Jersey has reopened.

Ridgefield Borough Hall had been closed after a number of town officials raised concerns that construction work at the facility had disturbed asbestos, the Bergen Record reports.

Democratic Councilman Russell Castelli said he had brought up concerns about the work, which involved the construction of a lift for the disabled, with Borough Administrator Gary Bonacci on a number of occasions.

However, air quality and surface testing revealed that the facility did not pose a health risk.

"This is one of nine or 10 false alarms throughout the painting and renovation," Bonacci told the news source.

Concerns had also been raised regarding the fact that the proper permits were not obtained for the work. However, Bonacci dismissed such concerns, saying that the project's architect had intended to file the necessary documents this week.

It is vital that asbestos is properly handled and dealt with as exposure to the deadly mineral can cause lung cancer, asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer that affects the lining of the chest, abdomen and many of the body's internal organs.

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