Hurricane Sandy Could Expose Residents to Asbestos

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 8:58am by

This video from the US Coast Guard shows some of the wreckage along the coasts of New York and New Jersey left by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo estimated that damage in his state alone could total $33 billion.

While much of the damage is visible, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization president Linda Reinstein believes that residents need to keep an unseen danger in mind as well. “People are out there now looking for wedding pictures and clothing to stay warm,” Linda Reinstein told the social networking website “Asbestos is not at the top of their mind.”

Construction materials strewn throughout areas include roofing, piping and insulation that may contain asbestos. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and inhaling the mineral fibers can lead to respiratory issues and serious illnesses. The US Environmental Protection Agency says that almost all cases of mesothelioma are linked to asbestos exposure.

“As a cancer-causing agent, there is no safe level of exposure,” Dr. Arthur Frank, chairman of the department of environmental and occupational health at Drexel University School of Public Health, told the Huffington Post. “People putting asbestos into buildings died by droves. Putting the stuff in is not very different than taking it out. This is a significant risk.”

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