Public Notice: Asbestos-Containing Materials

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Required by the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule, §§ 763.84(c) and 763.93(g)(4))

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring fibrous mineral which was commonly used in building construction. Asbestos will not burn, is an excellent insulator, has great tensile strength, is resistant to chemicals, is a nonconductor of electricity, and absorbs sound. It is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined primarily in Canada, South Africa, and Russia. Asbestos properties made it an ideal building material for insulating, sound absorption, decorative plasters, fireproofing, and a variety of miscellaneous uses. There have been over 3,000 different products made using asbestos materials. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began action to limit uses of asbestos products in 1973 and most uses of asbestos products as building materials were banned in 1978. As asbestos-containing building material (ACBM) deteriorates over time, or is disturbed by maintenance, renovation, or demolition activities, it may become friable, i.e., it is capable of being reduced to powder by hand pressure. When ACBM becomes friable, asbestos fibers can be released into the air.

 

In 1986, Congress enacted the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) to require public and private, secondary and elementary schools to identify ACBM in their school buildings and take appropriate actions to control the release of asbestos fibers. In 1987, the US Environmental Protection Agency finalized a regulatory program which enforces the AHERA mandate. These regulations are incorporated within the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule (40 C.F.R. Part 763, Subpart E).

 

In compliance with the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule, the Gallatin Gateway School District had its school building inspected by an asbestos inspector, accredited by the State of Montana. During that inspection, minimal areas of suspect ACBM were identified. The type, condition, and location of this ACBM was noted.

 

The Gallatin Gateway School Asbestos Management Plan includes a description of the measures currently being taken to ensure that the minimal ACBM remaining in our school building is maintained in a condition that will not pose a threat to the health of our students and employees. A copy of the GGS Asbestos Management Plan is available for your review in the School District administrative office during regular office hours. Travis Anderson is the designated Asbestos Program Coordinator for the School District.

 

 

Please direct all inquiries regarding the GGS Asbestos Management Plan to him at 406-763-4415 or by email at anderson@gallatingatewayschool.com. 

 

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