Students and staff of the Coolidge Elementary School in Binghamton, N.Y., returned to their building this month after being forced out by airborne asbestos fibers in September. But even as they celebrated their return, the city’s school board learned that two more schools contain the toxic substance, according to WBNG Action News.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was added to certain building products to help make them fire resistant. For that reason, asbestos is still present in millions of structures around the nation. But asbestos is a toxic substance. Studies have shown that exposure to asbestos is linked to serious diseases such as mesothelioma, a deadly and aggressive cancer.
The asbestos discovered at the Coolidge School was floating in the air where it could be easily inhaled, so the building was immediately evacuated and closed for a three-month abatement process. But circumstances at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary and West Middle School are quite different, according to Assistant Superintendent Karry Mullins.
The asbestos-containing materials found at the two schools have not been disturbed or damaged. And neither students nor staff can access the space where the asbestos is located. So the district said it did not need to close the buildings. However, the school board plans to include funding for removal of the asbestos in next year’s capital budget, according to WBNG.
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