Environs: U.S. Warns Workers on Cancer-Causing Mineral Erionite

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U.S. Warns Workers on Cancer-Causing Mineral Erionite

FairWarning.org

By Myron Levin, FairWarning.org

Federal health officials are calling for protective measures at job sites where workers may be exposed to erionite, a cancer-causing mineral similar to asbestos that is found in rock and soil in at least a dozen western states.

An advisory published Tuesdayby the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommended a series of steps to prevent employee exposure to eronite fibers at sites such as gravel quarries and road projects. The NIOSH alert noted that erionite was responsible for “remarkably high” rates of mesothelioma, a lethal form of cancer that devastated several Turkish villages where erionite was concentrated in rock and soil. (Read Full Article)

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