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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Asbestos Contaminates 772 New York City Schools

The Board of Education of the City of New York has reported that asbestos wiring, a known carcinogen, is hampering the removal of PCB lights. The asbestos contaminating the schools is was discovered while the City was attempting to remove lighting at the school.

WNYC, Public Radio in NY reported that, Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm told a City Council committee said, "Asbestos comes with its own special rules and containment procedures," She said it can only be removed on weekends and holidays, not evenings "because we have to actually contain the area, and make sure that we're removing it properly and disposing of it properly." It is anticipated that it will take 10 years to remove the asbestos from the schools.

Asbestos, for decades, has been linked to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma remains an incurable and fatal disease. Asbestos is one of the modern world’s most historic occupational medical disasters. Not only is it well documented, it continues not to be banned in the US.


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