What is the risk to residents, children, and visitors from vermiculite insulation dust potentially sifting into living spaces?
(18) Response: If the insulation does not contain asbestos, it poses no risk of asbestos-related illnesses. However, any vermiculite insulation in Libby can be assumed to contain asbestos. If the insulation remains undisturbed, it is not considered to pose a significant risk. However, if the insulation is creating dust, the dust may contain microscopic asbestos fibers which increase the risk of asbestos-related health effects when breathed in. The exact level of risk depends on how many fibers were breathed in and how long the exposure lasted. In addition, a person’s response to exposure differs and could be based upon genetic makeup and certain lifestyle activities, particularly smoking. People who suspect they have been exposed to asbestos fibers, especially if the exposure was long-term, should consult a physician experienced in occupational and environmental medicine or pulmonary medicine. (19) Concern: I am very sick with asbestosis. Why was I not assigned a higher priority in EPA
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