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Two Philadelphia Schools Closed After Renovation Reveals Deadly Asbestos

The Philadelphia School District has closed two schools indefinitely after renovations uncovered deadly asbestos. The closure of the schools, housed in the same building, comes just weeks after a longtime teacher in the city’s schools was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer most often caused by asbestos exposure.  News of the closure and the illness have heightened long-running asbestos concerns among parents and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The union says asbestos has been found at 150 schools in the district. The district spent three years and $37 million to remove or abate asbestos, but an investigation by The Philadelphia Inquirer revealed that some schools had more asbestos than reported, and that at some schools the project was not properly completed.  Read more.....

 

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