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Old 09-11-2019, 10:07 PM
 
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The lead story on the Fox 29 news tonight is that a teacher who worked at Meredith has mesothelioma and the parents are demanding $100m from the district for asbestos remediation even though it's not known that the teacher got the disease from Meredith or any other Philly school. This one is going to be interesting to watch as it develops.
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:35 AM
 
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The lead story on the Fox 29 news tonight is that a teacher who worked at Meredith has mesothelioma and the parents are demanding $100m from the district for asbestos remediation even though it's not known that the teacher got the disease from Meredith or any other Philly school. This one is going to be interesting to watch as it develops.
Wow.
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Old 09-12-2019, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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Personally I think we should divert the soda tax money away from rebuilding parks to rebuilding more of the schools faster.
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Old 09-13-2019, 09:38 AM
 
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It baffles me that SDP and the city are completely fine with asbestos being present in so many of these schools, as long as it's "intact" and not actively hazardous, instead of just dealing with this sh*t and getting it out of there once and for all.

But no, it's better to have constantly do safety checks and live with this proverbial sword of damocles over our heads.
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:27 AM
 
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It baffles me that SDP and the city are completely fine with asbestos being present in so many of these schools, as long as it's "intact" and not actively hazardous, instead of just dealing with this sh*t and getting it out of there once and for all.

But no, it's better to have constantly do safety checks and live with this proverbial sword of damocles over our heads.
I'm sure they aren't "fine" with it all. They don't really have money and just have to keep things afloat.
The city itself is a separate entity, and this is a can of worms for them if they say have anything to say about it.
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Old 09-15-2019, 02:58 PM
 
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Mold and asbestos remediation is a nightmare but absolutely needed. I've been involved in those kinds of projects. Not fun.
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Old 09-16-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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I'm sure they aren't "fine" with it all. They don't really have money and just have to keep things afloat.
The city itself is a separate entity, and this is a can of worms for them if they say have anything to say about it.
Money is no doubt a big issue, but administration also doesn't seem particularly concerned about its presence. From a WHYY article:

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The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers estimates that about 175 buildings contain asbestos. The school district could not confirm that estimate or provide an exact tally.

Asbestos does not necessarily need to be removed, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

“As long as its intact, it’s not presenting a health hazard,” said Brian Joseph, the School District of Philadelphia’s environmental director....

School officials admit there are backlogged projects they haven’t been able to do because of budget constraints. The district will spend about $20 million on asbestos-related projects this year.

Officials say those uncompleted projects aren’t causing imminent harm to teachers or students, and that the district prioritizes cases where asbestos exposure is most severe.

“We stand behind that our buildings are safe,” said Floyd.
https://whyy.org/articles/did-asbest...s-complicated/
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