High asbestos levels have been found in the state Cultural Building, Augusta

An employee had been concerned regarding the communication with workers post this discovery. George O’Connor, one of the maintenance mechanic’s for the Property Management Division, has said that the situation seems to be potentially hazardous but consultants were not being communicative enough.

However, consultants have assured that the high levels of asbestos pose a low risk of entering the air as they are embedded into the dirt and dust in the ground.

Even though the consultants have claimed that there is no risk of exposure to the public or the staff, the finding of high levels of asbestos has brought about a change in how the custodians are told to do their jobs.

Statement by Thompson

Dick Thompson, Deputy Commissioner of Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services reportedly said that the custodial employees had been ordered in February to discontinue working above a certain height. This includes tasks like changing lightbulbs and dusting the top shelves. The order will be in effect until the asbestos had been completely removed or secured.

Thompson also said that those workers had not been sent off to those areas. He also added that an abatement effort has been ongoing in certain areas of the building during the past month. Since the report came back, training sessions and staff meetings have been conducted.

The asbestos had been found in October 2018

The asbestos had been found in the debris that had fallen from the ceiling of the museum and archives in October 2018. The Cultural Building had undergone testing after the discovery.

According to the memos shared between officials of the Department of Financial and Administrative Services, the material had tested positive for a common form of asbestos called chrysotile. It was cleaned immediately.

Based on reports from testing in early January, the asbestos posed little to no risk of becoming airborne unless it was disturbed vigorously.

Eugene Smith


He is an activist and defender of the environment, protection against animals and the entire natural ecosystem. He is a very determined researcher at the moment of presenting a case since he always manages to make the most of his journalistic work. Today he dedicates himself to the same work but with a little more aggressiveness, since through his articles he harshly criticizes the government of President Trump for allowing this measure that is causing the death of many U.S. citizens. Eugene's evolution is already unfolding in the political arena with a single goal, to take the case to court for the total ban on this measure imposed by the Trump government and to eradicate once and for all the use of asbestos in environmentally damaging products.