WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Wilson County will spend nearly half a million dollars on asbestos removal at the old Lebanon High School.
The old high school closed four years ago and is set to be renovated and turned into the district’s central office.
Before the renovation can begin, the asbestos insulation has to be removed. Wilson County Schools will spend $479,000 on the abatement.
Nine other schools in Wilson County, which also have asbestos inside, are being carefully monitored for air quality purposes.
The schools being monitored are Carroll-Oakland, Gladeville, Lakeview, Southside, Tuckers Crossroads and Watertown elementary schools, and Watertown, West Wilson and Mt. Juliet middle schools.
Air quality tests are done on those schools to ensure air quality.
School officials say the asbestos in those schools is not harmful since it is undisturbed and not in a powder form.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Asbestos that is in good condition and left undisturbed is unlikely to present a health risk. The risks from asbestos occur when it is damaged or disturbed where asbestos fibers become airborne and can be inhaled. Managing asbestos in place and maintaining it in good repair is often the best approach.”
The old Lebanon High School was built in 1953, before asbestos materials were banned by the federal government.