South Korea schools littered with asbestos

Asbestos exists in approximately 96 percent of all school buildings in South Korea, a new report suggests.
According to South Korea’s news agency Yonhop, the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education examined 100 schools in six major cities and provinces across the Asian nation. Experts detected asbestos, which is a cancer-causing construction material, in 96 of them.

Education officials said that it would cost 5.4 trillion won, or $4.9 billion, to dismantle and rebuild the contaminated facilities.

According to Bernama, Malaysia’s national news agency, the report indicated that asbestos was most commonly found in buildings constructed within the previous two decades. A total of 82.5 percent of the schools built between 1990 and 2000 were found to have asbestos, while five of the eight built since 2000 contained the harmful material, despite the fact that South Korea banned the use of asbestos in new construction projects in the late 1990s.

Parents who are concerned that their children’s school may be contaminated with asbestos may want to contact an asbestos law firm to pursue legal action against the local district.A

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