D. Miller & Associates, PLLC Announces that Asbestos Has Been Found In The Gulf Coast
About 30 acres of the northwest shore of Horn Island has been closed to the public due to the discovery of deadly materials.
Gulf Islands National Seashore – About 30 acres of the northwest shore of Horn Island has been closed to the public due to the discovery of deadly materials.
Seashore superintendent Dan Brown has confirmed that asbestos tiles and possibly mustard gas have been found at an abandoned military test site located on the wilderness island off the coast of Mississippi.“We received confirmation Thursday that there are asbestos materials on the ground on the northwestern shore of the island in an area that contains the remains of a military facility that was active in the 1940s,” Brown said. “
A preliminary test also indicated the possible presence of a chemical agent known commonly as mustard gas. We are still awaiting confirmation of that.”The military site was used during World War II and was decommissioned in the 1960’s.“Our highest priority right now is the safety of the public and our employees,” Brown said. “We are therefore using an abundance of caution with the closure of the area surrounding the site.
Park rangers are placing area closure signage around the perimeter around the site, about 1,000 feet in all directions.”“Additionally, based on an initial records search that was done, we have reason to believe that some containers of mustard gas may have been deposited in the island’s Big Lagoon. We are therefore closing the portion of the lagoon that we own and we are notifying the owners of those nearby privately-owned tracts of the potential hazard.”The hazardous materials were discovered in June after BP requested a list of potential hazards from the National Park Service prior to sending Deepwater Horizon oil spill clean-up workers.
The NPS found broken asbestos tiles and mustard gas containers in the sand.According the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Asbestos is the name of a group of mineral fibers commonly used in construction and insulation because of its strength and heat resistance.
When asbestos fibers are damaged or disturbed, they can be inhaled or swallowed and can cause significant health problems including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is incurable. Asbestos fibers do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water. Asbestos fibers may remain suspended in the air for a long time and be carried long distances by wind or water.
Asbestos related diseases may not show up until many years after asbestos exposure.
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