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Asbestos News

Pennsylvania school district to re-open search for asbestos removal firm
A school district in Pennsylvania recently decided to re-advertise asbestos removal work.

The Armstrong School District board of directors decided to advertise the work even though the construction projects that the asbestos abatement would precede have not been fully approved, according to the Kittanning Paper.

The construction projects at Ford City Jr. –Sr. High School and Kittanning Sr. High School are on hold pending a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Act 34 public hearing. Even though the asbestos removal had been previously advertised, no bids were accepted because of the pending approval.

It is anticipated that the asbestos removal at the Ford City school would cost about $350,000, while the same work at Kittanning would cost around $450,000.

Regardless of the outcome of the public hearing, it is essential that asbestos is properly abated prior to any construction work as such projects can cause the disturbance of the deadly mineral fibers. The inhalation of these airborne fibers can cause a number of serious illnesses such as asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.

The news source reports that the board has not discussed a contingency plan for dealing with the asbestos if the construction work is not approved.

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