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Asbestos News

Asbestos was discovered in some gardens in the UK
UK gardens tainted with asbestos from old mill
A site of a former textile mill in England is contaminated with asbestos, tainting the gardens of some local residents.

Testing revealed that four of the 11 gardens in Gildersome, which is near Leeds, have asbestos contamination, according to the BBC. The discovery of asbestos will necessitate that the 49 remaining gardens in the area be examined for asbestos.

The houses in the area were built in the 1960s and 1970s on the site of a former textile mill.

Max Rathmell, the Leeds City Council's contaminated land manager, has two theories about how the area became tainted with asbestos.

"One is that it was part of the mill itself, because many textile mills did actually weave asbestos into various fabrics that they produced," he told the news source. "The second sources would be that potentially it was introduced on to the site in topsoil and subsoil that was brought in to make the gardens."

The federal Environment Agency has given the city £50,000 to carry out the asbestos testing.

Asbestos exposure can cause malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
10/21/10

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