HUNTSVILLE, AL — The Huntsville City
Board of Education noted recently that they had removed up to 90 percent of the asbestos in the old Blossomwood Elementary school building, according to a press release.
The asbestos is located primarily in ceiling tiles (above an existing ceiling) and in the asbestos-cement structural panels on the outside of the building: Since neither is friable, there is no threat to students or staff, the release stated.
The panels, sold under the trade name Transite, were manufactured during much of the last century as precast, asbestos-reinforced Portland cement corrugated sheets, the release noted.
According to the release, because Blossomwood Elementary
was built in 1954, and has already passed its effective lifetime, the school board opted to replace rather than repair; the asbestos remediation is the first step in that process.