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Uncommon Places You Could Find Asbestos

Uncommon Places You Could Find Asbestos

You’ve likely heard of asbestos. You probably already know that it is a mineral fiber that naturally occurs in rock and soil. While it sounds harmless enough, asbestos exposure can be seriously harmful to human health. In fact, repeated exposure to asbestos particles can lead to deadly cancers, such as mesothelioma. Unfortunately, many industries in the United States have historically utilized...

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Six Arizona School Districts Fined for Asbestos Violations

On February 20, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that six school districts in Arizona have been fined nearly $100,000 for violations of the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). A report from CBS5-Arizona stated that up to 15,000 children attend the 25 Arizona schools that have been found not to comply with AHERA. At the end of 2011, inspectors reported...

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EPA Investigation: Asbestos Contamination at Demolition Site in PA

In Shamokin, Pennsylvania, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and town officials have launched an investigation into possible asbestos contamination at a local demolition site. Based on the chance that the site may, indeed, contain toxic asbestos, asbestos abatement or removal specialists are being prepared to step in. While the investigations are in progress, the site is being watered...

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Asbestos Found on Mississippi Island: Closed Down for Removal

Last week, authorities closed a roughly 30 acre area on Horn Island in the Gulf Islands National Seashore after finding broken tiles that contained asbestos at a former biological testing site for the U.S. Army. Superintendent of the Gulf Islands National Seashore Dan Brown revealed that, while only one acre of the 2,700-acre island appears to be affected, officials cordoned off a full 30 acres...

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Chinese Cars Recalled after Asbestos is Discovered

While China is not typically viewed as a major exporter of automobiles, the truth is that the country has made tremendous strides in automotive manufacturing in just the past few years, especially in the manufacture of economy cars. Unfortunately, this quick progress has come with problems: a number of Chinese automobile brands have recently been criticized for poor quality and sub-par safety....

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Asbestos Removal Begins at Maine Textile Mill

Residents of Wilton, Maine are relieved that asbestos removal has finally begun at the old textile mill in town. State and federal officials have long attempted to bring the site into asbestos compliance, but have had trouble with site owners and improper removal of the toxic mineral, the only known cause for mesothelioma and the cause of a number a other illnesses. In an article in the Kennebec...

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