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Could go several ways. I would recommend hvac. Hvac would/should have knowledge of the condition and propose a solution. I suppose you could involve "everyone" (foundation person, asbestos person, code person, hvac person, scope person, etc.), but I favor simple.

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In making recommendations regarding in slab transite ductwork, what type of contractor do you think should be contacted? Asbestos abatement or other?

In the report I would tell them to get with a qualified HVAC contractor. I would also note what the ductwork is and that additional professionals might be needed to resolve the issue. As Les said, keep it simple.

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Same here. Problem is, getting the sealant applied is problematic in long runs. Most companies just seal the edges of the hole feeding the register and a little ways either side of the hole.

Whether or not it's even necessary to seal the material is a very debatable question. This has much to do with perception, hysteria, and potential legal entanglements than with specific health risk.

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As for what should be done, is abandoning the transite altogether the best course of action?

I have never seen in-slab ductwork that is worth trying to save, it is always full of nasties!

Ditto - not many in my area but most are full of water. I'm not an alarmist about radon but I'm guessing this would almost guarantee high levels if it is a problem area.

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