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Dear Community Members:

Asbestos is an issue we have to deal with. In years past the schools were required to use fire retardant materials in schools. In 1986 the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act was enacted by congress to determine the extent of and develop solutions for any problem schools may have with asbestos.

To give you some background asbestos has been used as a building material for many years. It is a mineral that is mined primarily in Canada, South Africa and USSR. It is used as insulation, sound absorption, decorative plaster fireproofing and in over 3000 different products. E.P.A. began action to limit uses of asbestos products in 1973 and most asbestos products as building materials were barred in 1978.

A certified asbestos inspector, as required by AHERA, has inspected Hettinger Public School. The inspector located, sampled and rated the condition and hazard potential of all material in our facilities suspected of containing asbestos. TAC Environmental, Inc. a professional firm certified to develop asbestos management plans, analyzed the samples and inspection records.

Total Control Inc. from Dickinson has developed an Asbestos Management plan for our facilities which include: this notification letter, education and training of our employees and a set of plans and procedures designed to minimize the disturbance of the asbestos containing material and plans for regular surveillance of the asbestos-containing material.

A copy of the asbestos management plan is available for your inspection in the main office during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. contact the Superintendent of Schools regarding inquiries of the plan.

We are taking necessary steps to insure that your children and employees have a healthy, safe environment.


Ryan Moser
Hettinger Public Schools

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