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Construction Halts at Boston University School of Medicine After Asbestos Exposure

Authorities are investigating complaints that about 10 people were exposed to asbestos at the Boston University School of Medicine. A renovation project in the locker room of the Robinson Building revealed asbestos, according to a spokesman from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

None of the people exposed to the asbestos have shown any adverse effects, but construction on the building has been shut down indefinitely.

Though it was once used for insulation and fire resistance, asbestos is considered a hazard by the Environmental Protection Agency because it has been shown to lead to cancers and lung problems. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating for safety violations.

Source: Ten people exposed to asbestos at BU Medical Campus, Boston University Daily Free Press, April 13, 2010
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