Weymouth, MA School Needs $6M from State for Asbestos Removal

Administrators at the Chapman Middle School in Weymouth, MA intend to seek $6 million from the MA School Building Authority (MSBA) to remove asbestos that has a proactive seal on it from an outside wall on the grounds.

A painting company discovered the asbestos in paint chips during an April 2007 project. The chips were tested and the school canceled classes the day after they were discovered. The wall was coated with latex to seal the asbestos.

“Committee Chairman Sean Guilfoyle said that the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved the encapsulation of the asbestos after it was discovered,” according to The Weymouth News.

“At the same time, they said that you have to deal with the issue,” he said. “Encapsulating the asbestos does not last forever, and at some point, they said, you have to get a permanent solution.”

The historical use of asbestos and asbestos containing products still poses a hazard in many public buildings and spaces around the United States. The companies that made these asbestos products knew for decades that the product was harmful to workers and their families. The only reason that the widespread, unregulated use of asbestos was halted in the 1970s is because of the huge avalanche of mesothelioma settlements that started the slow process of compensating some asbestos victims.

If you or a family member worked with any of these products and have developed a respiratory illness as a result, you may be able to receive compensation through an asbestos settlement. Asbestos law has become a crucial asset in the fight against the willful negligence that exposed people to asbestos.

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