Posts Tagged ‘North Dakota’

Missouri may pass asbestos claims transparency bill

24 Apr 2017 by under News

480px Seal of Missouri 100x100 Missouri may pass asbestos claims transparency bill Nearly a quarter of states have claims transparency laws on the books, and is poised to raise the number to 13, according to the St. Louis Record. Even if the bill making its way through the General Assembly does not pass this session, it is expected to be reintroduced during the next one. (more…)

Officials in North Dakota studying asbestos-like mineral dust

19 Mar 2009 by under Events, News, Research/Treatment

I was recently sent a link to a story in USA Today about a new health study in . According to the report, the North Dakota Department of Health, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the University of Cincinnati, are looking for North Dakota residents who have been exposed to erionite dust.

Erionite is a mineral with microscopic fibers similar to asbestos. Health officials are concerned that, like asbestos, the erionite fibers can lodge in the body and cause diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma.

The story notes that the erionite has been used extensively as gravel in road construction throughout western North Dakota. About 50 volunteers are needed for a study, with health officials focusing on those exposed to erionite dust for 20 years or more. Good candidates for participation in the study are those who worked on road crews or gravel pits.

People participating in the study will receive chest x-rays and CT scans, which will then be sent to a research team at the University of Cincinnati, which is overseeing the testing.

Erionite is positively linked to mesothelioma in Turkey, althought the type of erionite found in North Dakota is slightly different from that found in Turkey, according to the news story. However, both have microscopic fibers similar in length and width to those found in asbestos.

Erionite has been under investigation as a concern in North Dakota since 2006, when testing began in Dunn County, particularly in the area of the Kildeer Mountains. The state Health Department requested the EPA test the fibers, and it determined at that time that erionite fibers were similar to asbestos fibers, which can be easily inhaled if they are disturbed and become airborne.

For more information, read the Erionite Fact Sheet provided by the state Department of Health and EPA, or visit the Erionite Information page on the Department’s web site.

North Dakota town investigates Meso risk

7 Apr 2008 by under News

An Associated Press story featured on Saturday reports the town of Killdeer, , is examining a ball field and other sites for the presence of erionite, a mineral found in the crushed gravel covering the park. The rock is mined from the nearby Killdee Mountains.

Concern is linked to the fact that erionite mined in Turkey has been linked to . However, the AP story says, the erionite found in North Dakota is calcium based, while the erionite in Turkey is sodium based. It is not yet known if this makes a difference.

The story reports erionite contains fibers that can collect in the lungs of people who breathe it, and the EPA says erionite causes cancer in lab rats. The EPA is concerned because of the large volume of gravel containing erionite used in the Killdeer area, the article says.

An investigation is underway, and Killdeer’s mayor, Dan Dolechek, closed the ballpark as a precaution, and the county has voluntarily stopped using the gravel from the Killdeer Mountains until the study is completed, the article reports.

The study should be completed in about 18 months. Read the full article at