Asbestos cleanup at Oregon superfund site nearly completed

16 Oct 2018 by under News

Anthophyllite asbestos SEM 1 100x100 Asbestos cleanup at Oregon superfund site nearly completedA three-year-long, $40 million abatement project in a contaminated subdivision in Klamath Falls, Oregon is almost complete, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The superfund site was once a Marine recuperation barracks after World War II. In the late 1970s, the site was demolished. In the 1990s, about two dozen homes were built there. Around 2000, asbestos was found in the neighborhood.

Asbestos abatement began in the neighborhood around 2015 and involved excavating all the properties within the historic footprint of the development. The process involved the removal of trees but the area was hydroseeded to allow new lawns to grow on the clean soil.

Asbestos is a mineral that was commonly used in construction and shipbuilding materials because it is strong and fire resistant. In the 1980s, its use was restricted in the United States. It had been known for years at that point that exposure to the microscopic fibers of asbestos could lead to serious health conditions years – even decades – later in life, including the incurable lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and , a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the tissue surrounding the lungs, abdomen or chest.

Despite the serious risks, at least one resident in the area believes the $40 million price tag is too steep and that the asbestos at the site wasn’t that dangerous at all. “I trust Jesus with my health. I’m healthy,” nearby resident Susan Newton told KOBI News. “I feel this is political.”

Source: KOBI News

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