Deadly Dust: Asbestos in the backyard


Naturally occurring asbestos: The hidden killer
Much of the publicity surrounding asbestos can be frightening and for good reason. The I-Team spent months gathering facts and information about asbestos in the Las Vegas valley.

I-Team: Unhealthy levels of asbestos found in Las Vegas valley
A new scientific paper published this week alleges that southern Nevadans are being exposed to unhealthy levels of asbestos and that people might be dying as a result.

I-Team: Asbestos found on site of future homes
The rugged McCullough mountains tower over the El Dorado Valley as a natural barrier between Boulder City and Henderson. Scientists who have done extensive sampling or rocks from the McCullough’s say the mountains are loaded with natural asbestos.

I-Team: Ex-police officer suffers ill effects of asbestos
High-ranking health officials have assured people in recent years that there is nothing to fear from naturally-occurring asbestos in the southern Nevada rocks, soil, and air, but new research is casting considerable doubt on that viewpoint.

I-Team: Asbestos threat level varies between gov’t agencies
State lawmakers are close to passing a bill to give the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health greater power to restrict access to the Nevada Central Cancer Registry

I-Team: Geologists find asbestos fibers near school, park and homes
A controversial research project investigating possible health effects from natural asbestos was the hot topic this week at a national science conference in California.

I-Team: Asbestos lessons to be learned from Montana town
The largest environmental and public health disaster in American history isn’t Three Mile Island or Love Canal. It’s in Libby, Montana, where the effects of asbestos fibers are still being felt years after a mining operation was shut down.

I-Team: CDC did not agree with state’s position on asbestos
Nevada health officials have repeatedly assured local residents that there is little or no risk from the extensive deposits of natural asbestos discovered across much of southern Nevada.

I-Team: Internal emails show state’s effort to downplay asbestos concerns
Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services might be facing tough questions once the governor learns about the content of their internal emails. 

I-Team: State emails reveal attempts to discredit UNLV asbestos study
Two UNLV geology professors say they are appalled to learn that they have been targeted for ridicule and possible character assassination by a state agency.

I-Team: Will asbestos stall Henderson’s annexation of Eldorado Valley?
To annex or not to annex is a question being considered by the City of Henderson as it studies a big plot of land in the Eldorado Valley.

I-Team: Residents express concern over asbestos
What to do about deadly dust, or naturally occurring asbestos in the Boulder City area? That question drew a packed house Tuesday night in Boulder City, where citizens and scientists gathered to seek answers.

Researchers seek funding for asbestos study
Researchers are seeking federal money to learn more about naturally occurring asbestos in the dirt that can get picked up into the air.

I-Team: Who’s monitoring asbestos levels?
Nevada doesn’t have any standards or regulations for naturally occurring asbestos, so in the case of the I-11 Bypass Highway project, the oversight is mostly in the hands of private contractors.

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