Graduation Date

Fall 12-16-2022

Grading Professor

Marco Aviles

Subject Concentration

Spanish Language

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


This is the story of how asbestos is removed in New York City, and who carries out the work. It's unclear how much more asbestos abatement is left in the county, and the U.S. has not completely banned the dangerous material, unlike over 50 other countries across the world. Both of these things could change soon. A new study that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will carry out by December 2024 would give us a better picture of how much asbestos there is still in buildings and how much more removal work is to be done. At the same time, a new bill introduced to the U.S. Senate in May 2022, is trying to ban the last kind of asbestos that is still being used in the country.

Link to capstone:

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NYC skyline

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Luz Duche in a park

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Graph of imports/exports and asbestos production

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Asbestos warning signs at construction site

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Air monitor at construction site

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Part of shower tunnel at construction site

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Helmets at a construction site

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Luz and other women of Local 78 outside of the St. Patrick's Cathedral

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Construction workers outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral



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