There is money to be made from asbestos
a. Lawyers/lawsuits, there is at least 1 or 2 adverts in my daily paper
from lawyers seeking to represent people who may have been exposed to it
b. Asbestos removal companies
I'm not sure whether the OP's claim is true or not, but governments don't
need scientific evidence to ban a substance. UFFI insulation is illegal
in Canada even though there is no scientific evidence to suppost its
being banned - it is legal in the US and GB.
As far as asbestos goes, there is plenty of evidence that it is dangerous
to the mine workers and others who suffered from high exposure rates.
Whether this justifies banning it in low exposure situations, I don't know
The claim is nonsense. The second tower came down sooner because it was
hit lower and there was a lot more structure (weight) above the damaged
floors. In both cases, the insulation on the steel was blown away by
the force of the impact and explosive ignition of the fuel. It wouldn't
have mattered if it was asbestos or not.
If it turns out that the panels do contain asbestos, I'd think that its not
just me that would be in trouble but the hundreds of other houses in the
area which were finished the same way and around the same time.. wouldnt
something like this be in the news or more of a public focus? In reading
about dealing with panels and such no where was there any caution at all
about the chance of them being dangerous.
Not exactly. if I recall right, asbestos is, at least within the context
of this debate, really just small fibers embedded within other materials
to insulate (as in pipe wrap) or retard fire (as in ceiling panels).
It's pretty much OK if you leave it there forever and unmolested doing
the job nature intended it to do. The potential public health problems
begin when you go screwing around with it by moving it, ripping it out,
Same goes for the transformers electric utilities were using on those
wooden poles outside everyone's homes up until maybe the 1980s. Those
transformers used polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which have
astounding insulating properties when added to oil, like with those
transformers. PCBs are apprently demonstrated cancer-causers, but
they're pretty harmless if they stay enclosed. However, have a
transformer blow up after being struck by lightning or massive overload
(as transformers are wont to do) and spew all that PCB-laden tranformer
oil all over pedestrians or nearby surfaces people touch or walk over
and the equation changes considerably.
Stuff like this is often why zillions of feet of industrial toxics are
left sitting in our rivers to this day instead of removing them.
Dredging up all the heavy metals and other toxic nasties would just make
the river a zillion more times more polluted than it is. Nature takes
care of everything eventually, no matter how nasty the situation or
substance seems to us on general principle.
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