Numerous people in a Davidson, North Carolina, neighborhood are concerned after learning is asbestos has been permeating the air they breathe, and possibly for a long time.
WCNC reports that North Carolina state officials said that asbestos was getting into the neighborhood from an old shingles factory that’s no longer in use. One of the residents in the neighborhood, Joanne Archie, said she’s certain asbestos is all over, and can be seen when it rains.
“When it rains you can see clay looking mud, so it’s here. I know it’s here.”
Another resident, Amer Raja, stated that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knew that asbestos was in the area.
“The EPA had a full disclosure about asbestos being in our front yard, back yard,” Raja said. “Just concerned about my 2-year-old son.”
According to the state, asbestos was first discovered after rainfall made a slope erode on the Carolina Asbestos Company property, resulting in rain water contaminated with asbestos flowing into the residential area.
Fortunately, officials have stepped in to take action, yet it’s received with mixed reactions. While Raja is glad something is being done and hopes for a quick resolution, Archie stated that it should have happened a long time ago.
“A little too late. It should have been done long ago,” Archie said.
A common misconception about asbestos-related diseases is that it only develops after years of exposure to asbestos. While it’s true that someone working around asbestos for 20 years has a higher chance of developing a disease when compared to someone who encounters the mineral for a few years, the unfortunate fact is that no amount of asbestos is safe.
When asbestos is inhaled or ingested, its tiny fibers become lodged in the body. While some of the fibers are released through common bodily functions such as coughing or sneezing, it’s impossible to get rid of them all. Over time, the fibers attach the linings of major organs and turn cancerous. The longer they remain in the system, the more difficult it becomes to treat.
Children are just as susceptible to asbestos-related diseases as adults are. Some studies indicate that children are at a heightened risk of developing asbestos illnesses due to their breathing patterns. By all accounts, it’s fair for Raja to be worried about his two-year-old.
If there’s a chance you’ve been exposed to asbestos, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible. Although there is currently no cure for asbestos-related illnesses, there are a number of treatment options available.
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