It seems that no place in the U.S. is safe from asbestos exposure. While the dangers of asbestos are well known in many working class neighborhoods and industrial areas nationwide, American Indian Reservation Lands also are struggling with asbestos contamination and cleanup challenges.
SOURCES OF ASBESTOS ON RESERVATIONS
- MINING: FOR MANY YEARS, ASBESTOS MINING WAS A MAJOR SOURCE OF INCOME FOR AMERICAN INDIANS. SOME OF THE LARGEST ASBESTOS MINES IN THE COUNTRY WERE SITUATED ON INDIAN LANDS. TODAY, MINE WASTES ARE A COMMON SOURCE OF ASBESTOS CONTAMINATION ACROSS RESERVATION LANDS. THIS SITUATION IS THAT MUCH MORE DISTURBING DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE SYMPTOMS OF ASBESTOS-RELATED ILLNESS MAY TAKE DECADES TO SURFACE.
- BUILDING: JUST LIKE CONSTRUCTION ACROSS THE COUNTRY, STRUCTURES ON THE RESERVATIONS USED THE SAME ASBESTOS PRODUCTS. FOR INSTANCE, ASBESTOS ABATEMENT AND DEMOLITION OF ONE AGING MAINTENANCE FACILITY ON THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE RESERVATION SPURRED NEWS COVERAGE TO WARN PEOPLE OF THE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITE.
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