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Asbestos Removal at Sargent Elementary School?

Just thought I would let people in Beacon know that asbestos removal appears to be happening at Sargent Elementary School.  I haven't heard of this anywhere, and only became aware because my son was riding his bicycle there today (July 4th) and he told me about it.  A notice indicates an "abatement" job is happening, but that notice doesn't mention asbestos (what would they be abating if not asbestos?).  The waste containerd have asbestos warning labels, so it seems asbestos abatement is what is going on, unless they have to put an asbestos warning on any building materials that MIGHT have asbestos.  But if there isn't any asbestos to worry about, why conduct an "abatement"?


Anyway, here are photos, and a quick video.  The video shows plastic tubes with air being pumped through them, but the air just dissipates outside of the tubes, so I'm not sure what the purpose is.  (I have more photos, but they are kind of a pain to load here)

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Tags: Beacon, Sargent, asbestos, elementary, school


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Comment by Ben Royce on July 8, 2011 at 3:18pm

Thanks Greg ;-)


I have a 5 year old starting there in September, thanks for putting my mind at ease.


Comment by Gregory H Strong on July 8, 2011 at 2:44pm
My understanding is that the work is expected to mostly complete by the beginning of school.  Typically, abatement needs to be done prior to whatever work being done can continue, so I would expect that it will all be accomplished before school reopens.  I do know that many institutions, including hospitals, do this type of abatement without closing to the public.  I've worked with abatement contractors in the past, and the process is usually "over-kill" when dealing with public spaces.  What I saw in the photos and videos gives me comfort, not cause for concern.
Comment by Ben Royce on July 8, 2011 at 2:21pm

Greg: I agree.


Would you happen to know when they will be done or where I can find that information?

Comment by Gregory H Strong on July 8, 2011 at 2:11pm

Thanks the the BCSD for working to make the buildings more safe and comfortable for our children.

Comment by Steve Knowles on July 7, 2011 at 11:55am
I saw a list of work actvities at Beacon schools, and this was on the list.  (I believe it stated the project involved removal of mastic that contains asbestos)
Comment by Steve Knowles on July 5, 2011 at 6:45pm
Just think, before the internet, stuff went on all the time that almost nobody ever heard about! (it's hard enough to find out about stuff now, but the internet definitely makes it easier)
Comment by Ben Royce on July 5, 2011 at 6:22pm

whatever is going on here, they better have it done by september, and then give a full public accounting of what was done, why, and new readings


these are our kids


Comment by Steve Knowles on July 5, 2011 at 8:52am

I guess it could be an overly cautious way of dealing with removal of anything that MIGHT have some minor asbestos content (hopefully that is all it is)

Comment by Michael Rutkowski on July 4, 2011 at 7:45pm

Sargeant School went under a major asbestos removal in 1988 or 1989.  The building was sealed and hooked up to a vacuum system which created a negative preasure in the building.   At that point all asbestos was supposedly removed, but who knows.

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