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July 9, 2005

Natural Asbestos Risk

When we think of asbestos, we usually think of building materials. This article points out the dangers of naturally-formed asbestos deposits to Sacramento county, California.

If inhaled, the needle-like asbestos fibers can cause life-threatening asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, an incurable cancer of the chest lining.

Asbestos is found in 44 of California's 58 counties, usually in serpentine, the state rock. In its natural form it's considered harmless unless disturbed.

But the situation in El Dorado Hills is considered a greater threat by EPA because a more toxic form of asbestos, tremolite, is present and can be found close to the surface or even exposed.

Because it can take 20 to 40 years to develop an asbestos-related ailment, children are at a higher risk of exposure during their lifetime.

Posted by linda at July 9, 2005 10:16 AM

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