Workers have begun the painstaking process of cleaning lead-contaminated materials inside the Hemlock building on the campus of A-B Tech, but college officials say it could be as late as next year’s fall semester before the building reopens.
“We want to make sure every bit of it is gone before we let people occupy the building again,” said Martha Ball, communications specialist for Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
The building, which houses the college’s Emergency Services Academy, was evacuated in October after the discovery of elevated lead levels. The lead was traced to an indoor firing range on the building’s first floor, but elevated lead levels were also found on the second and third floors. ...
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