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Asbestos News

Ohio EPA finds asbestos dumped in Toledo neighborhoods
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that garbage bags containing asbestos waste were illegally dumped in two Toledo neighborhoods over the past few months.

A total of 60 bags full of asbestos-contaminated material were found: 37 in a vacant house in north Toledo and 23 in an alley in east Toledo.

The agency's investigation determined that both sets of bags were likely dumped by the same person between October 30 and November 5.

A total of approximately 100 cubic feet of asbestos was found in the bags, leading investigators to believe the waste was the result of some sort of renovation project at a large complex, rather than a house.

"We think it's from the same source, but it didn't end up [in] the same place," Ohio EPA Spokesman Dina Pierce told the Toledo Blade. "It's way too much for a [single structure] residential amount."

It is vital that asbestos be properly disposed of as exposure to the carcinogenic mineral can cause a number of serious diseases such as malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
12/15/10

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