Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is resistant to heat, electricity, and corrosion. It can be pulled into a fluffy consistency, making it an ideal insulation material. Unfortunately, asbestos can lead to the development of several different kinds of cancers when inhaled, including mesothelioma. It can also lead to a condition called asbestosis. When someone inhales asbestos, the fibers can become trapped in the body, causing inflammation, scarring, and eventually, genetic damage to the body’s cells. Mesothelioma, which is a rare and aggressive form of cancer, is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure.
A panic is being created after asbestos was discovered at a major bus depot located in Brooklyn, New York.
The cancer-causing material was found inside the heating and air conditioning system at the Transit Authority Surface Transit Headquarters in East New York. More than 500 employees report to work there every day.
According to union representatives, the asbestos was discovered this summer. Signs warning employees about it went up back in August. The union states that reports about asbestos being present go back decades.
Transit President Andy Byford toured the facility last Wednesday. Officials say that there are no health risks, but union representatives aren’t so sure.
The MTA says that it will continue to monitor air at the depot through independent, third-party experts.
There is an abatement plan for asbestos-containing fabrics being worked out.
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