Asbestos exposure risks

Alabama Residents Fight against Asbestos Dumping at Local Landfill

by Staff Blogger | September 11th, 2012

Sept. 11, 2012

Residents of Bolivar, Alabama, are voicing concern over changes that would make a local landfill a dumping place for asbestos, which could potentially expose residents to toxic environmental dangers. The Daily Sentinel reports residents received a letter from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) informing them of the policy changes several weeks ago.

The letters stated that a portion of the 85-acre dumping site would soon be set aside for the disposal of asbestos and a sedimentation pond. Residents are worried as exposure to asbestos has long been known to cause a deadly form of lung cancer, known as Mesothelioma.

Citizens argued against the changes at a Jackson County Commission meeting held last Monday, saying the changes will jeopardize the health of citizens who live around the landfill and the quality of the area’s land and water. Chairman of the commission, Sadie Bias, stated, “I don’t like the thought of asbestos seeping into the water. We are going to send a resolution to ADEM to let them know what we are against this.” The commission also called for a public hearing so that the matter could be discussed further with those it would affect.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers know how dangerous asbestos can be and would encourage anyone who has developed Mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos to look into your legal rights by talking with a qualified attorney immediately.