Asbestos Removal Work Set to Begin in Rayburn Building
Contamination has long been an issue in building

A dictionary in the Rayburn Press Room. The room is slated to close later this year and remodeled into a congressional office. Other parts of the building will close later this week for asbestos removal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Portions of the Rayburn House Office Building will be off-limits starting Friday as asbestos abatement work begins on three rooms on the ground floor.

Air monitoring will be conducted on a daily basis while work is underway in rooms 2070 to 2072, according to a letter posted outside the Rayburn cafeteria.

Cannon Reopens After Asbestos Scare

Workers surveyed the Cannon tunnel after water damage in August 2011. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Officials have reopened the Cannon House Office Building after an asbestos scare shuttered its doors from late Friday through most of Saturday.  

The Architect of the Capitol announced on its website at 11:18 p.m. Saturday that trained professionals and outside analysts had performed tests and determined air samples were "well below the regulatory limit." "Engineers and certified industrial hygienists assessed the situation and an independent, accredited lab performed a rigorous air sampling analysis," the AOC said in a statement. "The building is safe to reopen."