Legislators asked to approve funds for asbestos study

by Carol Thompson

A request for $30,000 for an asbestos study is under consideration by the Oswego County Legislature.

When legislators meet Thursday, they will be asked to approve the amount of $30,000 to test for asbestos in county facilities.

County officials recently learned that a number of ceiling tiles in the older portion of the Department of Social Services building contained asbestos.

The testing was reportedly prompted by an employee complaint.

The Oswego County Department of Social Services notified employees in March that certain ceiling tiles in the older part of the building have tested positive for low-level asbestos content under two percent.

County Administrator Philip Church said the county received confirmation of the test results the evening of March 21. The ceiling tiles pose no health threat unless they are damaged or moved, according to a press release issued by the county.

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