Ask Joe: Asbestos at the Reno Police Department

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Updated: 3/28/2014 6:57 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- One viewer had a question about the discovery of asbestos at the Reno Police Department and how extensive the issue is; Joe Hart has the answers.

From Joe:

"I checked with Reno Police Chief Steve Pitts today and he says the asbestos was discovered about three weeks ago during the remodeling of a locker room. The RPD building on East Second Street is about 70 years old, so it's not surprising there was asbestos found. 

The City of Reno called in Public Works and an asbestos expert. They did an air quality check of the entire building, and it did not indicate any concerns.

Pitts also asked for the company to do a complete physical check of the entire building to make sure it is safe. I learned this afternoon that the inspection has been completed and it showed no problems.

They did, however, have to tear out the floor in the locker room and put in a new one because of the asbestos discovery. The total cost of the flooring and inspections totaled about $17,000. Chief Pitts says everything is back to normal now that the building has been given the 'all-clear.'"

If you have a question you'd like Joe to answer email him at '' and enter 'ASK JOE' in the subject line. He'll do his best to track down the answers you need.
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Kramer - 3/29/2014 3:53 PM
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and yet, hundreds if not thousands of WWII shipyard workers contracted asbestosis and suffered lingering ill health and death. Johns-Manville went bankrupt over their asbestos insulation litigation. Pooh-pooh all U want, clueless.

Breckenridge - 3/28/2014 8:08 PM
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Don't know that the building is 70 years old, and, half the people who've lived in Reno for 50 years or more went to schools that had asbestos (and lead based paint) galore - and, they've survived somehow

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