Vermont Warns Residents of Asbestos Danger at Old Mines

November 10, 2008

The state of Vermont is warning people to stay away from an abandoned asbestos mine in Eden and Lowell because of the health threat posed by asbestos.

Scientists studied health records and death certificates from towns within 10 miles of the mine. They say they found a statistically significant increase in cases of lung cancer and asbestosis.

The study found the odds of dying from asbestosis are more than 12 times as high among people living close to the mine compared to people living further away. The lung cancer risk is also higher.

There’s a huge pile of waste rock containing asbestos at the site. The area is frequently used by people riding all terrain vehicles.

Health Commissioner Wendy Davis says people should stay away.

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