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The group accused the Environmental Protection Agency of focusing only on exposures like arsenic, lead, asbestos, and pollutants such as those found in gasoline, while ignoring mold exposure.
Environmental studies have found the site is littered with toxins and chemical compounds that could be hazardous to human health, including asbestos in large outdoor debris piles that will be the focus of the cleanup.
Water infiltration, mold, asbestos and lead paint have caused environmental hazards that would be too costly to repair, Avram's supporters said.
Should the homeowner be required to check for lead or asbestos prior to starting work, and will there be proof of appropriate abatement by a qualified company?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in April began a cleanup of asbestos and other hazardous materials at the building.
Further muddying the water is the fact that some research has associated talc with cancer and other diseases— but diseases of the lung, in cases where victims inhaled the mineral, especially when the talc was contaminated with asbestos.
Across the way, Spillers Millennium Mill has already seen work done to remove asbestos, preparing for its future as home for 150 businesses.
The steam pipe explosion in downtown Baltimore damaged 33 vehicles last week — and sprayed poisonous asbestos onto several cars.
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A grayish mineral that separates readily into long, flexible fibers, asbestos was used in the past to make brake linings, insulation, roofing shingles, floor and ceiling tiles, cement pipes, and other building materials. Asbestos fabrics were used for safety apparel and theater curtains. In the 1970s, it was found that prolonged inhalation of the tiny asbestos fibers can cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and other serious lung diseases. In 1989, the US Government instituted a gradual ban on the manufacture, use, and export of most products made with asbestos.
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: a soft gray mineral that does not burn, that was used especially as a building material in the past, and that can cause serious diseases of the lungs when people breathe its dust
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