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The parents of kids who attend Public School 29 in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens neighborhood are shocked that the school district is going to be performing extensive renovations at the school, including asbestos abatement, while school is still in session.
BROOKLYN, NY (Catholic Online) - The asbestos removal is to start on Monday, April 23, but not if enough parents are against it. Several have already made a petition asking that a stop work order be issued.
"PS 29 is an old building and needs work. With very little warning, construction began this March. Beginning a week or two ago, thick amounts of dust began to appear," states the petition. "The principal documented the degree of dust in a cell phone photo she took of a window sill. (Last month, another parent witnessed a construction worker walking down the stairs-in between young children-carrying a large circular saw with blades exposed. A construction zone such as the one PS 29 has become is no place for children. Following 9/11, FEMA first said that the air was safe enough to breathe -- but we know it wasn't."
The petition then goes on to request that all construction work at the school cease until the summer break.
"Given the cancer risks associated with airborne asbestos fibers," writes one parent, "it is absolutely beyond me why anyone would allow this to take place while school is in session."
The concern is due mainly to the fact that asbestos exposure has been proven to cause the type of cancer known as mesothelioma. According to experts, no amount of asbestos exposure is safe.
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