Pennsylvania residents concerned about asbestos exposure after demolition of nearby propertyAllegheny County, Pennsylvania, is reportedly investigating whether or not asbestos, a carcinogenic mineral, was released into the air during a demolition project in the state's Reserve Township.
WTAE.com, a local ABC affiliate, reports that the site in question is a former greenhouse next to a home that is owned by residents Ron and Donna Schwartzmier.
"It's basically a nuclear dump site with the amount of asbestos blowing around here," Ron Schwartzmier told the news provider.
As a result of the suspected asbestos release into the air, the Reserve Township fire department reportedly gave the couple masks in order to prevent their exposure to the dangerous mineral fibers.
The inhalation of such fibers has been proven to cause a number of deadly diseases including asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 2,500 people in the U.S. receive a mesothelioma diagnosis each year.
Health Department inspector Marc Itkin explained that if asbestos is indeed discovered, it will be removed from the site using the proper safety precautions.
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