The British Columbia (Canada) city of Abbotsford plans to continue dredging naturally occurring asbestos out of the Sumas River. The asbestos comes from a continuing landslide on Sumas Mountain, a source of naturally occuring asbestos. The hazardous mineral feeds into the Swift Creek, which feeds into the Sumas River.
The city dredges the river annually to control flooding. However, because of the presence of asbestos they must take special measures to defend residents of surrounding areas against asbestos exposure.
“WCB commended us on the job we did (last year),” Jim Gordon, city general manager of engineering said to BCLocalNews.com.
“There’s a chance it could be dangerous,” said Gordon. “If there’s a chance, we have to take the proper measures.”
Dredging is an underwater excavation activity that will remove some asbestos from the sediment and move it to another location. This technique is one way to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure and inhalation that some residents face. Asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma – a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is almost always fatal
Naturally occurring asbestos is a hazard that can expose residents to the same dangers asbestos as those faced by workers in certain industries. Many people in the US who may have been are suffering from the effects of mesothelioma contact a mesothelioma attorney to learn their rights and see if they are eligible for compensation.