- Associated Press - Friday, May 15, 2015

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - Authorities say the courthouse in Barre, Vermont, will reopen next week after testing for low levels of asbestos showed no widespread problem.

Electricians discovered vermiculite, an insulation material that often contains asbestos, when they removed ceiling tiles May 7. The shutdown came several days later.

The Times Argus reports (https://bit.ly/1cDJBvt) Administration Secretary Justin Johnson said Thursday the vermiculite was contained in columns in the building, but the walls had fiberglass insulation. He said all the work areas tested negative for asbestos. He said small amounts of vermiculite need to be cleaned up by contractors.

The court houses the criminal and family divisions of Washington County Superior Court, the state’s attorneys’ office and the probation and parole office for the Department of Corrections.

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Information from: The Times Argus, https://www.timesargus.com/

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