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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Diocese of Youngstown released a statement Thursday to ease fears about asbestos in the current Cardinal Mooney High School.

Superintendent of schools for the diocese, Nicholas Wolsonovich, said in the statement that the EA Group of Cleveland found air quality in the school exceeded Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.

Wolsonovich noted that the high school was constructed during a time when asbestos was commonly used in buildings.

He said that "any and all the asbestos issues" are being addressed and the school will be ready for teachers and students come the first day of classes.

The Thursday statement is following a previous statement from Bishop George Murray giving the prohibitive cost of asbestos remediation as one reason the Diocese may have to reconsider its decision to remain at it's current location in Youngstown.

An alumni committee has been looking at possibly moving Cardinal Mooney to a suburban location. According to the bishop's statement, a full report is due by the end of the month.

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