Asbestos Causes Trouble In Massachusetts

Asbestos was hailed for its durability and fire resistant qualities during the 1970s. However, asbestos has since been banned and is known to cause many diseases and Cancers. Most buildings such as schools, post offices, and especially houses That are built before the 1980s are shown to have copious amounts of asbestos lying in wait. Although the US Environmental Protection Agency Most asbestos containing products we’re unhealthy, they decided to overturn it just two years later. While it is still legal to use asbestos it is not recommended and should be avoided completely. Although many people know of the ban of this product they don’t know that it just still use legal to use the product in building materials today. A Dedham resident said, “Anything we can do to get this product away from people, whether it’s young children or older adults, seems like a no-brainer….Seems like something both sides of the aisle can get behind.” In Massachusetts alone the CDC reported 993 deaths  between the years of 1999 and 2013. Due to prolonged exposure to asbestos most of those people died from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by asbestos that seeps into your lungs. Asbestos is typically not an issue unless it is exposed but study stayed that over a million American workers are subjected to asbestos exposure in their workplace. “When compared to other places, Massachusetts has a ton of renovations going on and tearing down of old houses for new construction, so of course you’re going to come across a lot of asbestos….Think about all the houses built in the state before 1980. They’re everywhere. We see asbestos being exposed everywhere, every day.” Said Soriano, an asbestos abatement worker. Massachusetts has a very big problem and if they don’t work hard to solve it many more people will die of this silent killer.

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