Garden Grove, CA, January 31st, 2011
A recent article highlighted the fact that once asbestos has been removed from a building the health concerns caused by the asbestos do not just go away. A California family in Vacaville is concerned about their health because of asbestos that is being dumped in a nearby landfill.
The family purchased their home before the landfill was opened and according to the article have complained on several occasions to the landfill operators about unpleasant smells. According to the homeowners these complaints have not been acknowledged which leads them to be even more concerned about the asbestos waste at the landfill.
The company that runs the landfill says the asbestos waste is specially packaged and inspected before being buried separately in an isolated area. Asbestos from building materials and other waste is heavily regulated. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA), “When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.” This fact has lead to stringent regulations for its removal and disposal.
LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical and a leading provider of environmental testing services, has extensive experience providing asbestos testing solutions to ensure workers and residents are protected. “Scientific studies have proven that breathing asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and respiratory diseases,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “The Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC) classifies asbestos-containing material as hazardous if it is friable and contains 1% or more of asbestos. There are specific regulations regarding its disposal to help protect workers, residents and the environment.”
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