UPDATED: Deadly Asbestos Fibers Found on Chicago's Oak Street Beach
Beach season opens this weekend! Illinois Dunesland Preservation Societyasked nationally recognized asbestos safety risk expert, Jeffery C. Camplin,to compile "Asbestos Tips for Beach Visitors" who choose to visit the beaches,risking exposure to amphibole asbestos, the most deadly type. For decades,trillions of asbestos fibers were released daily and carried southward by LakeMichigan's currents from USEPA's Johns-Manville asbestos Superfund site inWaukegan, IL. This bungled clean-up attempt has contaminated the entireIllinois shoreline and polluted the drinking water supplyhttp://www.illinoisdunesland.org/pdf/Chicago_Water_Bureau_Asbestos_Study.pdf.Camplin reviewed USEPA, CDC/ATSDR and state studies/tests, finding they were"deeply flawed and severely lacking in standardized scientific protocols."
Dunesland's President Paul A. Kakuris said, "Officials riggedstudies/tests to cover-up their involvement in obstructing and not enforcingpollution hazard violations against polluters facilitating and dumpingasbestos fibers into the drinking water supply. Waves wash fibers onto thebeaches where sand releases asbestos during beach activities, exposingmillions of unwitting victims to deadly asbestos fibers while corrupt publicofficials and polluters' consultants rigged studies, using government funds."http://www.illinoisdunesland.org/pdf/A_Spoiled_Shoreline_Broadcast.pdf
STEPS TO MINIMIZE TOXIC ASBESTOS EXPOSURES ON CHICAGO'S BEACHES
Amphibole Asbestos Found at Oak Street Beach is Deadly!
Rare amphibole minerals, several hundred times more harmful to publichealth than common urban asbestos fibers, exist on Oak Street beach inChicago. If you can't avoid Lake Michigan beaches, follow these tips tominimize breathing asbestos by you, your family, or pets.
1. Avoid Eating and Drinking at the Beach!
Asbestos and amphibole fibers can contaminate your hands, food, andcontainers. Eat in picnic areas away from the beach.
2. Avoid Disturbing the Sand!
Microscopic asbestos can be released from the sand when agitated. TheCenters for Disease Control's (CDC) found amphibole asbestos fibers can bereleased from wet sand and become airborne.
3. Shower Off and Clean Belongings Prior to Leaving the Beach!
The deadly amphibole asbestos fibers can be found wherever beach sand cango. Wash your whole body including hair, ears, and under fingernails. Petsshould also be washed down prior to leaving the lakefront and beaches.
4. Carefully Clean or Isolate Items Used at the Beach!
"Don't track material that could contain asbestos through the house."(USEPA) Take care when shaking out towels and blankets that may have come intocontact with sand. Remove all beach clothing before entering your car or home.Launder clothing, blankets, and towels separately. Store shoes and hard toclean items outside.
5. Avoid Certain Cleaning Methods!
Do not dust, sweep, or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos. Accordingto the USEPA, "These steps will disturb tiny asbestos fibers and may releasethem into the air." The use of High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filteredvacuums is recommended for cleaning up toxic dust and fibers.
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CONTACT: Paul Kakuris of the Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society, +1-312-332-3377, email@example.com.References: http://illino
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