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Asbestos News

Parent concerned about asbestos removal project at New Mexico high school
A New Mexico school's plan to carry out a relatively large asbestos removal project over a weekend has one parent concerned.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the removal of asbestos-containing mastic and floor tiles at Mayfield High School will begin after class on Friday and is intended to be completed by 5 a.m. on Monday.

Deanna Wright, who's freshman son attends the school, raised concerns that the accelerated schedule of the project could potentially lead to asbestos not fully being removed from the school. If asbestos fibers are inhaled they can cause a number of serious illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.

"My concern is, what are the effects?" Wright told the news source. "My husband said ... 'If in 20 years, I got sick, I'd be mad. But if my son got sick in 20 years, I would be livid.'"

Las Cruces Public Schools spokeswoman Jo Galván said that she understood the parent's concerns but also said that all asbestos guidelines would be followed to ensure that no one is exposed to the carcinogen.

"It's reasonable that parents get concerned," she told the news provider. "But there are very stringent protocols that we have to follow in renovation projects."
4/8/11

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