Last week the Grand Haven, Michigan school board voted to approve contracts for asbestos removal at four schools within the district. They projects are all at elementary schools – Lake Hills, Mary A. White, Peach Plains and Robinson – and are necessary because asbestos in the schools will be disturbed during construction as the schools receive energy upgrades.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is known to cause health problems including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Before the public became aware of asbestos exposure and its potential health risks, asbestos used was as an ingredient in various products for its resistance to fire, heat, friction, electrical, and chemical damage. In the 1960’s, asbestos tile, in particular, was installed in hundreds of schools for its durable nature.
Up until this point, the asbestos-containing materials in the Grand Haven area schools have been inspected by school officials yearly and by independent contractors every three years per regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has been the ruling authority on asbestos present in America’s public schools since 1987. The asbestos abatement will began in early April with the removal of asbestos-containing transite cement panels that are present on the outside of several of the school buildings.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with mesothelioma, a mesothelioma lawyer may be able to assist you.