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Kansas prisons will be tested for asbestos

Kansas prisons will be tested for asbestos

Kansas prisons will be tested for asbestos

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Three contractors have been hired by the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) to look for asbestos in eight state prisons.
Asbestos Inspections Prior to Renovations

The decision to spend the $170,000 on the inspections comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined in March that the KDOC violated the Clean Air Act during the renovation of a women’s prison in 2005, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

The EPA found that there were not proper inspections conducted before the renovations, which put workers in danger of asbestos exposure.

KDOC secretary, Roger Werholtz, said no renovations would take place until the building was “evaluated for the presence of asbestos and all necessary remediation is conducted within both state and federal guidelines.”
Funding Prison Asbestos Testing

Seth Bundy, a spokesman for Governor Mark Parkinson, said that the money for the contractors would come from leftover bond issuances that had been for safety and infrastructure improvements to state prisons.

“This bond does not allow the money to be used for other, much-needed purposes, such as restoring the forensic psychologist positions,” he told the news source.

Asbestos exposure is virtually the sole cause of malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis, according to the EPA.
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