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Asbestos Found in University

Asbestos has been found in Strong Hall, in the ceiling of the lobby of the University residence hall where members of Chi Omega and Pi Beta Phi live.

The maintenance team arrived to fix a leaking pipe and removed the asbestos from the ceiling in the lobby. They set up plastic tarps and red “danger” tape in the lobby as they worked to remove the asbestos.

Administrators say that the residence hall is safe for the students who live in the building.

Asbestos can be found in insulation and ceiling panels, and Ana Ducoing, who teaches about asbestos at the Ecologic Training Institute in California says that it can take from 10 to 40 years after exposure for people to develop the symptoms of mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. She went on to say it would be rare for a student to develop it due to the work in the lobby.

This is not the first time asbestos has been found in the University. In August 2011, health and safety officials found asbestos in Rice Hall, where many administrators work, and in 2012, staff members worked to remove asbestos from the basement of Gelman Library.

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