SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — An Adirondack school district has launched a million-dollar cleanup after bits of vermiculite insulation were found in some classrooms.

Vermiculite is commonly used in potting soil, insulation and a range of commercial products. The problem is that before the early 1990s, some of the product contained asbestos. Officials in the Saranac Lake School District aren’t sure if the vermiculite found in classrooms has asbestos, so they’re launching a major removal project to be safe.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( ) reports that students will be shifted to other classrooms for the rest of the school year while the vermiculite insulation is removed.

District officials say the state may reimburse more than half the cleanup cost.

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