It has been reported that the town of Farmingdale in Maine has been turned down for a grant that it applied for in order to carry out asbestos abatement at the old Sheldon Street School, which has been closed since 2000 because of the need for the building to be renovated.

The report claims that this is the second grant that the town has applied for in order to get asbestos at the school building cleaned up. The town applied for a grant of nearly one hundred thousand dollars, which would have covered much of the cost of abatement. The grants are supplied by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The town believes that the reason the application for a grant was turned down was because the school actually comes under another school district and not the Farmingdale School District. Therefore the application may have to be made by a different district in order for it to be successful.

Asbestos is a substance that was used in the construction of many buildings, including schools, up until several decades ago, and many schools are now finding themselves in the position where asbestos abatement is required. Exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers can result in a range of health problems, including the deadly asbestos related cancer known as mesothelioma.

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