Five New England State Agencies Receive EPA Funding to Safeguard Asbestos in Schools


To help New England schools take the appropriate steps to manage the potential hazards that can arise from the presence of asbestos, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted five state agencies a total of $631,000 in funding this year. The funds were designated for various activities that are needed to comply with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). Asbestos was used as a component in many different building products for decades, until it was more highly regulated after the 1970's. Some of this asbestos remains in place and it is best to maintain it in place rather than remove it. The procedures for keeping in-place asbestos in a safe condition are subject to many different regulatory requirements. Pursuant to AHERA, one federal law aimed at making schools with potential asbestos in place safe, public and private elementary and secondary schools are required to:

  • Perform an inspection to determine whether asbestos-containing materials are present and conduct regular, periodic surveillance for such materials at each school
  • Develop, maintain, and update an asbestos management plan and keep a copy at each school
  • Take actions to prevent or reduce the risk of asbestos exposure

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