Families who send their children to Public School (PS) 29 in New York City are raising concerns over the potential risk of mesothelioma caused by asbestos products that are being exposed to students during renovations.
Following the start of renovations at the school in March, families and faculty began to notice thick amounts of dust gathering around the building. The dust became noticeable enough that the school’s principal documented it with photos, however the renovations continued.
Parents have grown increasingly worried about the dust, particularly because PS 29’s school building is very old, and therefore a chance that the dust could contain loose asbestos fibers that could be putting their children at risk of getting sick.
“Given the cancer risks associated with airborne asbestos fibers, it is absolutely beyond me why anyone would allow this to take place while school is in session,” a representative of a parent group that has launched a petition asking to delay the construction until summer break told the Carroll Gardens Patch.
The petition, which is addressed to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and had been signed 437 as of April 23, states that the construction site at the school is “no place for children” and should have its operations suspended unless “authorities can unequivocally guarantee the absolute safety of the environment.”
“Following 9/11 FEMA first said that the air was safe enough to breathe — but we know it wasn’t,” the petition adds.
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