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November 17, 2018

Geologists find natural asbestos fibers in Nev.

LAS VEGAS — Removing asbestos from an old building can be hazardous and expensive. So what happens if the ground outside is covered with the stuff for miles around?

That’s what a team of UNLV geologists is trying to figure out after the surprise discovery of potentially toxic, asbestos-type minerals in rocks and dust from Boulder City to the southeastern edge of the Las Vegas Valley.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas geology professor Brenda Buck said this marks the first discovery of naturally occurring asbestos fibers in Southern Nevada.

A peer-reviewed study detailing the find was published last month in the journal of the Soil Science Society of America.

So how worried should everyone be?

“At this point we know enough to know there is a hazard. We don’t know what the risk is,” Buck told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. Until we know more, it would be a good idea to avoid dust from those areas.”

That could be a tall order.

The study area takes in all of Boulder City and a wide swath of the Eldorado Valley, with tendrils that reach to the shore of Lake Mead and into the oldest parts of Henderson.

“It’s not everywhere, but I think you’re going to have a hard time not finding it,” Buck said. “In every sample we looked at we found it. We found it pretty easily, too. I didn’t have to look very hard.”

For one test, Buck spent about three hours walking her horse along a dirt road in Boulder City. When she was done, she found asbestos fibers on her pants and her shoes.

“The last thing we want to do is upset people or cause a panic. But on the other side, we don’t want to give people assurances we can’t give,” said UNLV geologist Rodney Metcalf, who partnered with Buck on the study. “We can’t in good conscience say there’s no problem.”

The long, thin minerals were forged roughly 13 million years ago in the roots of volcanoes, also known as plutons. “Boulder City sits on top of one of these plutons,” Metcalf said.

The fibers have been weathering from the ground for the past 12 million years or so, giving them plenty of time to spread out, Buck said.

She specializes in something called medical geology, basically the study of the health impacts of minerals. She was in the midst of sampling arsenic in the dust blowing from Nellis Dunes when she came across a fibrous mineral in one of her samples. She later started talking to Metcalf about the asbestos-like fibers he was studying in northwestern Arizona, and the two decided to go looking for trouble in similar rock deposits in Southern Nevada.

What they mostly found was a mineral called actinolite, one of six types of asbestos regulated as a toxic substance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Buck said she notified “several people” at the EPA about her discovery.

Asbestos fibers can’t be absorbed through the skin, but if inhaled or swallowed they can spawn a range of deadly diseases that might not develop for a decade or decades.

The real “pathway to humans” is in the air, Metcalf said. The fibers are too tiny to be seen with the naked eye and so light that they can stay aloft indefinitely once they’ve been stirred up by the wind or the tires on a vehicle.

Asbestos exposure is linked to mesothelioma, cancer of the lungs, larynx and ovaries, depressed immune function, and other disorders.

“There’s no known safe amount,” Buck said. “The good news is not everyone who is exposed gets sick.”

Buck, Metcalf and company plan to continue their research and expand their study area under a three-year grant from the Bureau of Land Management.

That work will include taking a closer look at other potential trouble spots in Clark County, most of it contained within the roughly 1,200 square miles of desert between U.S. Highway 95 and the Colorado River from Boulder City to the southern tip of the state.

Buck said the bureau wants to know more about where such deposits are and what kind of risks they pose. “They’re worried about their workers,” she said.

Meanwhile, researchers from the University of Hawaii are in the early stages of tests to determine how carcinogenic the fibers in Southern Nevada might be. They also plan to conduct a health assessment to see if any documented cases of mesothelioma could be the result of “environmental exposure” in or around Boulder City, Buck said.

Metcalf said asbestos is actually a loaded term, with varying definitions used by doctors, geologists and environmental regulators. For example, he said, the fibers he has found in Mohave County, Ariz., do not meet the regulatory definition of asbestos. But that doesn’t mean they’re safe. In fact, they are similar to those found in Libby, Mont., where so much toxic soil was spread around by a nearby mine that the entire small town has been declared a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency.

“You get this debate about is this asbestos or is it not,” Metcalf said. “It’s really not the issue. The issue is, is it toxic.”

Buck grew up in Montana and has cousins who got sick and died in Libby.

She said she started taking special precautions in the field after the first fibers were found around Boulder City. “As soon as I knew they were there, I sure as hell did. I wear a mask.”

The discovery also forced her to revamp her lab at UNLV to make it safer. “The whole point is don’t let it get into the air. You can’t just drag it in and expose everyone to it.”

For the same reason, Buck has decided not to take college students into the field with her to help collect samples as she normally would. She doesn’t want to expose them to something with the potential to shorten their lives.

“They’re just so young.”

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Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center Now Urges Aircraft Manufacturing Workers With Mesothelioma Or Related Asbestos …

In more than half the cases it’s not the diagnosed victim of mesothelioma or lung cancer asbestos victims we talk with. Surprisingly, we have found that the adult son or daughter call on the behalf of the diagnosed victim because their parent is too sick

(PRWEB) October 21, 2013

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center says, “We know that when many people hear the words “mesothelioma” or “asbestos exposure” lung cancer, they think of US Navy Veterans, shipyard, construction, power plant, or oil refinery workers. In reality, commercial or military aircraft manufacturing workers and aerospace workers make up a significant number of the diagnosed victims talk with every month.

In more than half the cases it’s not the diagnosed victim of mesothelioma or lung cancer asbestos victims we talk with. Surprisingly, we have found that the adult son or daughter call on the behalf of the diagnosed victim because their parent is too sick. We encourage these types of calls to us at 866-714-6466, because it gives us the opportunity to instantly put the diagnosed victim, or their family members, in instant contact with the nation’s most skilled mesothelioma compensation attorneys and asbestos exposure law firms.” http://LungCancerAsbestosVictimsCenter.Com


Important note from the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center: “Because the average age of the asbestos exposure related lung cancer we talk to is in their late 60’s, or early 70’s, we encourage the adult daughter or son to call us anytime at 866-714-6466.

US states with significant aerospace, or aircraft manufacturing facilities:

  • California
  • Washington
  • Florida
  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • Kansas
  • Georgia
  • Missouri
  • Texas
  • Nevada

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center says, “Aside from aerospace and aircraft manufacturing facilities, other high-risk workplaces for asbestos exposure include: US Navy, shipyards, power plants, manufacturing factories, chemical plants, oil refineries, mines, smelters, demolition construction work sites, railroads, automotive manufacturing facilities, or auto brake shops.”

With mesothelioma or lung cancer directly caused by exposure to asbestos, symptoms may not show up until decades after the exposure. The Victims Center has found that many victims never smoked and also may not connect their mesothelioma, or lung cancer to asbestos exposure. As long as the victim, or their family members, can provide sufficient answers to our questions about exposure to asbestos, the Center will do everything possible to help them get what might be significant financial compensation.” For more information please call the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center at 866-714-6466. http://LungCancerAsbestosVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos called mesothelioma, please visit the US Centers For Disease Control’s web site: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5815a3.htm


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In the event that mesothelioma is suspected, but the victim is too weak to have a biopsy done, the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center will design a plan for the victim to see if mesothelioma is present

(PRWEB) October 16, 2013

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center is convinced that thousands of US Navy Veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos exposure related lung cancer, are financially shortchanged when it comes to compensation. This is because the diagnosed victim or their family members do not take the correct steps in order to secure the best possible financial compensation. To ensure proper compensation, the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center is offering the following services to diagnosed victims:

  • If a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma or asbestos exposure related lung cancer victim calls the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center at 866-714-6466, they will receive instant access to the nation’s most skilled mesothelioma compensation attorneys or asbestos exposure law firms.
  • In the event that mesothelioma is suspected, but the victim is too weak to have a biopsy done, the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center will design a plan for the victim to see if mesothelioma is present.
  • The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center encourages all diagnosed victims to contact them if there is even the slightest feeling of skepticism about the potential compensation by a local mesothelioma marketing law firm, a less than qualified mesothelioma attorney, or a personal injury attorney.

For more information diagnosed victims of mesothelioma, lung cancer victims, or their family members are urged to call the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center at 866-714-6466.

Important note from the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center: “According to the Veterans Administration, there are currently more than 20 million Veterans of the US Navy. The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center is trying to get the word out to all US Navy Veterans, not just those in the obvious places like: California, Washington, Virginia, Maine, Hawaii, or Georgia, but in all US states such as: Florida, Texas, New York, Michigan, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, and Alaska.” http://LungCancerAsbestosVictimsCenter.com

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center says, “Aside from the US Navy, other high-risk workplaces for asbestos exposure include: shipyards, power plants, manufacturing factories, chemical plants, oil refineries, mines, smelters, aerospace manufacturing facilities, demolition construction work sites, railroad repair yards, automotive manufacturing facilities, or auto brake shops. Lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure may not show up until decades after the exposure. As long as the victim or their family members can prove evidence for the exposure to asbestos, the center will do everything possible to help get what might be significant financial compensation.” For more information please call the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466. http://LungCancerAsbestosVictimsCenter.com

For more information about a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos called mesothelioma, please visit the US Centers For Disease Control’s web site: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5815a3.htm


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Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center Offers New Vital Compensation Tips For US Navy Veterans Diagnosed With …

Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center Urges Auto Brake Technicians Diagnosed With Mesothelioma Or Asbestos Exposure Lung …

when it comes to financial compensation for mesothelioma, or asbestos exposure forms of lung cancer, the quality of the attorney is vitally important

(PRWEB) August 06, 2013

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center says,”Because prior to the mid 1980’s almost all auto, or truck brakes had asbestos linings, and because at least in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s there had to have been tens of thousands, or over the years hundreds of thousands of individuals who replaced auto, or truck brakes everyday, we want to hear from these types of individuals, if they have now been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or asbestos exposure forms of lung cancer, because there really can be substantial compensation for these types of people. We want to do everything possible to help identify victims of mesothelioma, or lung cancer victims who had workplace exposure to asbestos, because the financial compensation for these types of people can be very significant, and we want to make certain they get pointed in the right direction.” If a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma, or any type of lung cancer had long term exposure to asbestos in their workplace, such as a auto brake repair facility, the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center will direct the victim, or family members to the most skilled, and capable mesothelioma attorneys, or asbestos exposure law firms in the nation, because these extremely skilled attorneys, or law firms consistently get the best financial compensation results for their clients. For more information a victim of mesothelioma, a lung cancer victim who was exposed to asbestos at work, or their family members are urged to call the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466.

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center says, “Every state had auto brake repair facilities in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s including California, New York, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii.” http://LungCancerasbestosVictimsCenter.Com

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center says, “Aside from auto, or truck brake repair technicians, other high risk workplaces for asbestos exposure include the US Navy, shipyards, power plants, manufacturing factories, chemical plants, oil refineries, mines, smelters, aerospace manufacturing facilities, demolition construction work sites, railroads, automotive manufacturing facilities, or plumbers, electricians, carpenters, pipe fitters, welders, boiler technicians, or insulators, especially if the exposure took place between the early 1950’s, to the mid, to late 1980’s. With mesothelioma, or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure the cancer may not show up until decades after the exposure. As long as the victim, or their family members can prove the exposure to asbestos, we will do everything possible to help them get what might be substantial financial compensation, by making certain the diagnosed victim, or their family members have instant access to the nation’s top mesothelioma, or asbestos exposure compensation law firms.” For more information please call the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466. http://LungCancerAsbestosVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure, or a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos called mesothelioma, please visit the US Centers For Disease Control’s web site: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5815a3.htm


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Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center Now Urges Plumbers With Mesothelioma Or Asbestos Exposure Lung Cancer To Call Them …

we will do everything possible to help them get to the most experienced mesothelioma lawyers, or asbestos exposure law firms in the nation, because compensation for mesothelioma, or asbestos lung cancer is directly linked to the skill, of their lawyer

(PRWEB) July 22, 2013

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center is now urging diagnosed victims of mesothelioma, or asbestos exposure lung cancer, who were plumbers in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s to call them for the names, and specific contacts of the most experienced mesothelioma lawyers, or asbestos exposure law firms in the United States, because there is a direct relationship between the skill of the mesothelioma lawyer, or asbestos exposure law firm, and what could be substantial compensation for these individuals. Mesothelioma is the only type of cancer that is 100% related to exposure to asbestos. The group says, “Aside from plumbers the types of victims of mesothelioma, or asbestos exposure lung cancer we hope to help are US Navy Veterans, who were exposed to asbestos on a US Navy ship, shipyard workers, oil refinery workers, power plant workers, manufacturing workers, or any type industrial worker who had significant exposure to asbestos in their place of work.” For more information a diagnosed mesothelioma cancer victim, a asbestos exposure lung cancer victim, or their family members are urged to call the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466.

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center says, “The states with the highest incidence of a rare form of cancer call mesothelioma, or asbestos exposure lung cancer include Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. However, we believe California, Texas, Florida, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon, and Alaska should also be on the list, because these states had military bases, heavy industry, or both where asbestos was present.” http://LungCancerAsbestosVictimsCenter.Com

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center says, “High risk workplaces for asbestos exposure lung cancer, or mesothelioma include the US Navy, power plants, manufacturing factories, chemical plants, oil refineries, mines, smelters, aerospace manufacturing facilities, demolition construction work sites, railroads repair yards, automotive manufacturing facilities, or auto brake shops. As long as the diagnosed victim of mesothelioma, asbestos exposure lung cancer victim, or their family members can prove the exposure to asbestos occurred on the job, we will do everything possible to help them get to the most experienced mesothelioma lawyers, or asbestos exposure law firms in the nation, because compensation for mesothelioma, or asbestos exposure lung cancer is directly attributable to the skill, and experience of the lawyers, or law firm that represents their clients, and we really do recommend the best of the best in the nation.” For more information diagnosed victims of mesothelioma, or lung cancer that is related to exposure to asbestos are urged to call the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466. http://LungCancerAsbestosVictimsCenter.Com


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Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center Now Urges Plumbers With Mesothelioma Or Asbestos Exposure Lung Cancer To Call Them …

Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center Urges Victims Of Mesothelioma Or Lung Cancer Victims Who Were Exposed To Asbestos …

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center says, “We firmly believe the vast majority of victims of mesothelimoa get financially shortchanged because they hired an unqualified local personal injury attorney, or a cable TV mesothelioma marketing law firm

(PRWEB) July 16, 2013

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center says, “We firmly believe the vast majority of victims of mesothelimoa get financially shortchanged because they hired an unqualified local personal injury attorney, or a cable TV mesothelioma marketing law firm, as opposed to hiring one of the best, if not the best mesothelioma attorneys in the nation. In the instance of lung cancer victims who were exposed to asbestos at work most don’t know they could qualify for what could be significant financial compensation as well. We want to emphasize it can be any type of lung cancer, or a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma, the only common denominator must be asbestos exposure in the workplace. When we talk about significant financial compensation we mean tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for lung cancer asbestos exposure victims, and possibly a million plus dollars for victims of mesothelioma, and we desperately need family members, and loved ones to help us get the word out.” If a victim of mesothelioma, or any type of lung cancer had long term exposure to asbestos in their workplace the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center will direct the victim, or family members to the nation’s most skilled, and experienced mesothelioma, or asbestos exposure law firms, for a conversation about what is involved in a financial compensation claim for mesothelioma, or asbestos exposure forms of lung cancer. For more information diagnosed victims of mesothelioma, lung cancer asbestos exposure victims, or their family members are urged to call the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center at 866-714-6466.

Important Note From The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center: “We want to hear from a victim of mesothelioma, or lung cancer victim who was exposed to asbestos in any state, including California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Alabama. We also need family members, or friends to help us get these victims identified and the victim, or their family members are encouraged to call us anytime at 866-714-6466.” http://LungCancerAsbestosVictimsCenter.Com

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center says, “Veterans of the US Navy probably had the highest exposure to asbestos because asbestos was in all US Navy ships until recently. Other high risk workplaces for asbestos exposure include shipyards, power plants, manufacturing factories, chemical plants, oil refineries, mines, smelters, aerospace manufacturing facilities, demolition construction work sites, railroad repair yards, automotive manufacturing facilities, or auto brake shops. With mesothelioma, or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure the cancer may not show up until decades after the exposure, so we are talking about exposure that took place in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s. As long as the victim, or their family members can prove the exposure to asbestos, we will do everything possible to help them get what might be significant financial compensation.” For more information please call the Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466. http://LungCancerAsbestosVictimsCenter.Com


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