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Are there dangers associated with certain asbestos remediation approaches?

May 7, 2021 | Asbestos-related Diseases

Many people are aware of how dangerous asbestos exposure can be. One of the more common medical conditions resulting from exposure to these particles is a debilitating and incurable form of cancer called mesothelioma. 

Unfortunately, an asbestos remediation strategy long deemed safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may not be as harmless as once thought. A recent study reveals that their accepted remediation strategy may give way to more asbestos-related diagnoses in the future. 

What is the asbestos remediation strategy currently approved by the EPA?

One of the more popular approaches to asbestos remediation right now is fiber burial. Federal regulators have long believed this to be a sound approach for ensuring that these particles didn’t mix with the air. 

What dangers does this asbestos remediation strategy pose?

Researchers published an article in Jan. in the Journal of Hazardous Materials Letters in which they confirmed that burying asbestos fibers does change their charge, causing them to become less sticky and thus transferrable. The study’s authors noted that this change in properties causes the particles to move more easily through the soil, though. 

The biggest danger associated with this is that it may cause these harmful fibers to spread beyond the original contamination zone and into our water supply. The researchers fear that countless individuals may face unexpected exposure to these deadly particles as a result. 

Your options if you experience an onset of an asbestos-related illness

Asbestos incubates in your system for a long time before it rears its ugly head. Scientists haven’t yet discovered any cures to help reverse a patient’s fate once they start showing signs of disease. 

The medical care you’re sure to need if you’re suffering from mesothelioma can be quite costly. An attorney can advise you of your right to recover what you need to make yourself comfortable as your illness progresses.