Plan underway to remove asbestos from Sydney, N.S., public housing units

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SYDNEY, N.S. - Four years after tenants learned their public housing units are insulated with vermiculite that contains asbestos, they are being told that most of the material will be removed.
The Cape Breton Island Housing Authority began giving letters Wednesday to tenants in 24 of 40 units in Whitney Pier Terraces and residents of all 40 units in Ashby, telling them that they are planning to replace their roofs this spring.
Under an asbestos management plan in place since 2006, insulation must be removed before any major renovation.
"When it's significant work like that, the risk of creating a disturbance is greater," said executive director Joan McKeough.
The asbestos was confirmed in a report to a housing authority official in October 2005, but it was six months before other management and tenants learned of the discovery. An internal report probing the delay has not yet been made public as the matter is currently before the courts.

Organizations: Cape Breton Island Housing Authority

Geographic location: Sydney, Whitney Pier Terraces, Ashby

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