Group Warns Against Use of Vermiculite Insulation That Could Contain Asbestos

Yet another group that specializes in air quality has come out with warnings for those who have insulation in their homes that could contain asbestos: Get it addressed, immediately.

Clark Seif Clark, an indoor air quality and environmental testing service that works in both the public and private sectors, recently compiled 2002 data from the California Department of Public Health, as well as information released on a fact sheet by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 to demonstrate the dangers of living in a house built with vermiculite insulation that could contain asbestos.

“It’s well recognized that exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can cause cancers and respiratory illnesses,” said Derrick A. Denis, the V.P. Indoor Environmental Quality at CSC. “If you suspect your property has vermiculite insulation, do not disturb the material.”

Numerous sources including the CSC and the consulting/inspection service provider EC2, have cited EPA data that shows the majority of vermiculite used in U.S. construction projects during the 20th Century was mined in Libby, Montana, shipped and was sold under the brand name Zonolite, and could contain asbestos fibers.

The data has also led to estimates that 35 million homes across the country, a majority of them being in the Midwest, could contain vermiculite insulation that was possibly contaminated with asbestos.

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