Is Asbestos Contamination a Big Problem in California?
Most people know that they should take precautions to limit their exposure to asbestos. But you may be wondering, how big of a problem is it? Is it really that big of a deal? Is asbestos lurking in many homes or buildings, or just a few? Well this blog has been specially designed to answer these important questions, and provide you with plenty of helpful information about asbestos here in California.
California has the most asbestos-related deaths
According to Asbestos.com, a website provided by The Mesothelioma Center, California has the most asbestos-related deaths of any state in the US. California has some of the largest deposits of asbestos in the world. Between 1999 and 2013, asbestos exposure resulted in thousands of cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-linked diseases in California.
Superfund sites in California
Certain sites in California have become designated as Superfund sites by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). These high priority sites receive special cleanup attention from the EPA, in part because of their asbestos-related problems. Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and the W.R. Grace site are two examples.
Naturally occurring asbestos in California
Naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) is another concern throughout the state. The California Department of Public Health indicates that 45 out of 58 counties have NOA deposits. Coalinga has asbestos mines and processing facilities, which primarily operated in the 1960s and 1970s, spread NOA throughout the town, so the EPA has designated the whole city as a Superfund site. El Dorado is home to one of the largest NOA deposits in the entire world. All residents and visitors need to take precautions to minimize asbestos exposure in Coalinga, El Dorado, and other sites in California.
Be proactive to prevent asbestos exposure
So the answer to our main question is rather clear already, but just in case you didn’t already get the message – yes, asbestos contamination is a big deal in many areas of California. It’s important that you be aware of the risks of asbestos exposure in your city or town and take proactive steps to keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy.
If you’re not sure whether your home or commercial property contains asbestos, don’t wait until someone develops symptoms of a serious, asbestos-linked disease. Instead, take preventative steps now to make sure you and everyone who inhabits your property stays safe and healthy. Now you know that asbestos is common in many areas of California, so you definitely don’t want to just ignore the problem.
Make California a healthier, safer place to be by having your property(s) checked for asbestos. Call H2 Environmental Consulting Services to schedule a thorough environmental evaluation of your property. We’ll be glad to check every molecule of your property for asbestos and other contaminants such as mold, lead, fungus, PCBs, and more. If we detect any contaminants, we’ll also handle all you remediation needs so you’ll be able to breathe so much easier.
Don’t put yourself and your loved ones at risk – call H2 Environmental Consulting Services at (800) 524-3578 today!