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Unsafe Asbestos Levels Found In Michigan College Building

Concern and worry are running rampant among employees of Central Michigan University, where a work crew’s report of asbestos insulation in an administrative building spurred an air quality test that revealed elevated levels of the deadly toxin.

The school is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and holds offices of scores of employees, who have been temporarily relocated or asked to work from home as the building is evacuated and officials decide what their next steps should be regarding Warriner Hall. The building was constructed in March of 1928 and serves as the college’s main administration building. According to the school’s Office of Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety, they were informed of the elevated levels of asbestos on the first and second floors of the structure on Friday, May 29th. They immediately requested that all visitors and employees vacate the building.

The discovery occurred after crews working on water lines in the building found that a large air duct in the building’s crawl space contained insulation and old pipes that appeared to be asbestos. Air samples were taken immediately. There are 169 employees that typically work in the building, including Provost Mike Gealt, who said, “Out of an abundance of caution, the university will close Warriner temporarily, at least through Monday, until environmental consultants give us an all clear based on continued testing. We have acted promptly and will take all precautions needed to clear the asbestos.”

Testing has been done continuously since that time, and though many samples are coming back at safe levels, some asbestos still remains and so the building has remained closed. An update on the school’s website read, “Air tests taken Friday for asbestos in Warriner Hall have come back clear with the exception of the duct under Plachta Auditorium, where damaged asbestos was discovered. Dust tests taken Saturday also have come back clear with the exception of the first floor lobby outside of the auditorium and a portion of the tunnels.”

The testing is being administered by Fibertec, an environmental consulting firm, while the asbestos removal is being taken care of by HBC, an asbestos abatement contractor. The areas that appear to be most impacted are also being thoroughly cleaned before additional testing is done.

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