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Work begins to remove asbestos from Pasco High School

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PASCO, Wash.- The Pasco School District says workers should have the roof replaced at Pasco High School by the first day of school.

The job is more involved because workers first have to remove asbestos materials from the beneath the roof, originally put on in the 1950s.

Assistant Superintendent of Operations John Morgan says the asbestos the workers are removing is the non-friable type, which is relatively safe and easy to remove.

"This is the type that is encapsulated and doesn't create dust," Morgan says.

The workers are following what is called asbestos protocol. Everyone on the job site must wear protective clothing and respirators.

The area is also cordoned off while workers remove the asbestos. 

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