News articles have been coming out today concerning new developments at the Libby, Montana Asbestos Cleanup Site. In what must be the most expensive asbestos abatement project in US history, since 2009, the EPA has spent roughly $575M cleaning up the contamination caused by the nearby infamous mine. The EPA now gets ready to hand..
Asbestos has been widely used for thousands of years. Asbestos consists of bundles of fibers that are resistant to fire, heat, and certain chemicals. When these fibers are disturbed, they release tiny particles into the air that can be breathed in or ingested. There is no safe exposure level of asbestos. However, most people do not..
Q: What exactly is asbestos? A: Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral mined across the globe. It was once lauded for its versatility, tensile strength and heat resistance. It could be mixed with virtually everything, making it invaluable to the commercial and home construction industries. It was once was used in an estimated 3,000 different..
The Mesothelioma Veterans Center was created to provide information and assistance to veterans regarding treatment, clinical trials, and VA benefits for veterans suffering from asbestos illnesses. The MVC was founded by retired Navy LCDR Carl Jewett. Commander Jewett is a VA-accredited claims agent and has helped hundreds of veterans get approved for their VA benefits..
The Youtube channel SciShow has made a great video on the little-known origins of asbestos and its uses thousands of years ago. What is now considered more than a demonized nuisance was once the great miracle mineral of the old ages! Documented cases of the health problems stemming from asbestos date back thousands of years…
Protect Your Family From Asbestos Contaminated Vermiculite Insulation This page is a summary of the informative EPA article on the subject. To read the full article, click the link at the bottom. What is Vermiculite Vermiculite is a naturally-occurring mineral composed of shiny flakes, resembling mica. When heated to a high temperature, flakes of vermiculite expand..
If you didn’t already know, the asbestos industry is alive and well. In this fantastic documentary by Vice News, we get somewhat of an inside look at the world’s largest asbestos mine in a town literally named after the mineral – Asbest, Russia. They then take us to Libby, Montana – America’s notorious asbestos town. The..
The use of asbestos in the U.S. has fallen significantly in recent decades. It is no longer mined in this country. And the importation of asbestos has slowed to a trickle, compared to the flood during its heyday. Yet the threat of exposure remains just as real today. Vigilance is imperative. This is not the..
Asbestos was a popular material for most of the twentieth century, primarily because of its ability to provide outstanding insulation and act as an effective fire retardant. However, risks associated with inhaling asbestos fibers have been uncovered in recent decades, including lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. If you live in a home built prior..
Although statistics show a growing number of people who have never worked directly with asbestos are suffering with an asbestos-related disease, most documented cases are caused by occupational exposure to the toxic mineral. This is due to the likeliness of repeated exposure, which occurs through standard operations in a variety of industries and job sites…