In reference to the delayed opening of New York public schools in 1993, Dr. Whelan believes that the health risk to children from asbestos is negligible, remote, hypothetical, and probably nonexistent. Two facts support that conclusion: First, the type of asbestos found in New York City schools and other public buildings, the so called chrysotile or white asbestos, is relatively harmless compared to other types of asbestos that were found years ago in occupational settings. Second, the levels of asbestos detected in the schools was extraordinarily low.
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