Nevada Charter Schools to Inspect for Asbestos

November 2, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says 12 Nevada charter schools are taking steps to comply with federal law regarding inspection and management of asbestos-containing materials.

Five of the schools are in Clark County and seven are in Washoe County. Of those, the EPA says two were found to have asbestos materials.

All schools, including charter schools, are required under federal law to conduct asbestos inspections and have asbestos management plans.

Exposure to asbestos when the material becomes airborne can lead to lung cancer and other diseases.

Schools found to have asbestos must do periodic surveillance and re-inspections, train maintenance and custodial staff and keep records documenting those efforts in management plans.

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