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Asbestos-containing material discovered at elementary school in Seneca

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Kellett Elementary. (Source: Google Maps) Kellett Elementary. (Source: Google Maps)
SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Department of Health and Environmental Control confirms that asbestos-containing floor tile was found on the school grounds of a Seneca elementary school.

Robert Yanity, a spokesperson for DHEC, said Oconee County tested floor tile found in a trench behind Kellett Elementary and that those samples tested positive for asbestos. The spokesperson said some of the material had been exposed.

Kellett Elementary is an abandoned school.

The Utilities Director at Seneca Light & Water Robert Faires said the company is in the process of obtaining an abatement contractor to remove and properly dispose of the material. At this time, the company has filled the hole for safety purposes.

Faires said they are treating the situation seriously, but that there is no threat of asbestos material coming in to contact with anyone.

The following information on asbestos was collected from WebMD: Asbestos is a group of minerals with thin microscopic fibers. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. Asbestos has been mined and used widely in the construction, automotive, and other industries.

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