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Whistleblower claims asbestos dumping at New Mexico waste site

February 23rd, 2012

An anonymous whistle-blower complaint has alleged that a New Mexico waste center is improperly accepting asbestos materials at their disposal site. City investigators found varying amounts of asbestos at the Eagle Rock Convenience Center, which is prohibited by law from accepting products containing asbestos.

The asbestos was found primarily in residential loads, which were handled by several employees. Although air quality tests at the site were negative for airborne asbestos, the city has undertaken a new program to train employees to recognizes and reject products containing asbestos.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic material used in construction and insulation most prevalently from the 1940s until the 1970s. Asbestos exposure can lead to several severe diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma—a rare form of cancer that attacks the lungs and abdominal cavity.

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