Asbestos was recently found during a New Jersey library renovation. – Asbestos was recently found during a renovation of a New Jersey library. As reported by The Star-Ledger, renovations for the Union Township library will be halted due to the finding of asbestos, which will require removal.

The township reportedly began a $450,000 renovation project last October; however, the recent asbestos finding in addition to a previous one has significantly slowed progression. Phil Haderer, township engineer, is quoted in the report as stating of the matter, “We are just following customary procedures to ensure we don’t create a problem.” The asbestos has been deemed nonfriable or not as likely as some types to lead to a safety hazard.

As noted by The Star-Ledger report, bidding for an asbestos removal contract will reportedly close next Tuesday. The work is expected to be completed by the beginning of June.

The inhalation of asbestos fibers or dust can lead to serious diseases such as mesothelioma cancer.

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