Asbestos found in a Craven County community college building has forced it to close down recently. The highly toxic substance was found to be in the building’s old floor tile. Environmental tests show that the Bender Building in the Craven Community College campus must be cleared and the asbestos removed.
According to Craven President Catherine Chew, "Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students and employees." The Bender Building has been used for the college’s continuing education program and Craven says tests suggest that exposure to people who were in the building was minimal.
Following the test indicating positive signs of asbestos, college employees have been moved out of the building and the college has hired an environmental engineer and a state-licenses contractor to clean up the highly toxic and carcinogenic substance.
Ten thousand Americans die each year — a rate approaching 30 deaths per day — from diseases caused by asbestos, according to a detailed analysis of government mortality records and epidemiological studies by the EWG Action Fund. Asbestos kills thousands more people than skin cancer each year, and nearly the number that are slain in assaults with firearms. The suite of diseases linked to asbestos exposure overwhelmingly affect older men.
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