The Council Rock School District of Pennsylvania has approved asbestos removal costs as part of a $13 million building renovation to the Churchville Elementary School. The contract for the asbestos abatement of the Northampton, PA school was awarded to Sargent Enterprises after they came in with the low bid of just under $20,000.
The asbestos in the school was found behind chalkboards in the older areas of the building that had been affixed to the wall with asbestos-containing mastic. Removal of the chalkboards revealed large black glue spots containing the asbestos fibers, forcing the school to comply with Environmental Protection Agency regulations regarding its removal. The work will be completed in school off-hours when children are not present and the appropriate air tests will be conducted before they are allowed to return.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fiber that, when disturbed, can create a deadly dust known to cause mesothelioma cancer. Prior to public awareness of the potential health problems, asbestos was added to numerous building materials for its resistance to fire, heat, friction, electrical, and chemical damage.
If you or a loved one may have been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos attorney may be able to help.