URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Asbestos was found at Yankee Ridge Elementary School this month, but no one came into contact with it. It was dealt with before anyone was hurt.
Superintendent Don Owen says it was only an area 6″ by 8″ and they were quickly able to deal with the situation. He says engineers found it around a pipe while cutting into some insulation.
The small amount is considered to be a minor fiber release. It was quickly cleaned up and people in the building at the time were notified.
A full asbestos abatement was done and now they just want to make sure everyone is informed of what’s happening.
As for the construction, a brand new gym, eight new classrooms and three dedicated fine arts rooms are being added. Owen says it’s been a year-long project but should be done in about two months.
The EPA says asbestos is a mineral fiber. It can be found in a variety of places including roofing, textured paint, car clutches and brakes, plus hot water and steam pipes. It’s been known to cause mesothelioma.