Glacier Headquarters Opens After Asbestos Testing

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – Glacier National Park has reopened its headquarters after a three-month evacuation because of possible health risks.

Park spokesman Bill Hayden told the Missoulian on Friday that during construction, workers realized adequate testing for asbestos or other hazardous materials had not been performed at the West Glacier offices, which were evacuated Nov. 18.

Tests on the ventilation system found no asbestos and non-hazardous levels of lead in the dust.

Hayden says the building was deemed safe to enter as soon as the testing was completed, but leaving it empty helped workers finish the vent upgrades more quickly.

The headquarters will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and the Apgar Visitor Center will resume its typical weekend winter hours.

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