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EPA Grant to Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a more than $242,000 grant to the Oklahoma Department of Labor to reduce asbestos exposure in schools and state buildings.

The $242,322 grant was announced Tuesday in a news release from EPA.

Asbestos is a fiber that was once widely used in buildings for insulation and fire resistance. The fiber can create a health risk if it's disturbed or deteriorate over time.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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