This week, the McClure Elementary School in Philadelphia finally re-opens its doors after being closed since before winter break. Between these times, it has been at the center of controversy, protests, and costly contractor work. McClure, and several other schools in the Philadelphia School District, has been targeted by administrators because of the presence of asbestos and the need to finally detect and remove the asbestos in schools. McClure and other schools stand as an example of how asbestos still affects our children today, years after asbestos-containing materials were discontinued in construction.
If Any Asbestos is Found, More is Likely Present
Asbestos was first found in the piping of McClure. Asbestos is commonly found in insulating pipe lagging in boilers, heaters, and piping, or even as part of the pipe as the asbestos cement transite. However, through self-reporting and inspections, many more possible areas of asbestos were found in the school. Delays started to occur in processing these reports and then acting on them. But it didn’t end there.
Asbestos Abatement Should Not Be Rushed
While originally planned to only take through winter break, asbestos remediation was extended as new asbestos was located. Parent and teacher protests started as asbestos abatement – the process of safely removing asbestos – was set to be rushed or completed while school was in session. Backlash hit not only the schools themselves, but the district as a whole, with Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. issuing changes to the environmental policies of Philadelphia schools to better react to asbestos and other environmental issues.
Want to learn more about the relationship between asbestos and schools? Check out our blogs, Dealing with Asbestos in Schools: Investigation and Abatement and The Federal Regulations for Asbestos in School Buildings. Here at Fiber Control, Inc., we have years of experience in remediation of schools. Contact us to get started with a consultation, from inspection all the way to removal. We’re licensed and insured asbestos contractors for Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as dealing with both mold remediation and lead RRP.