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asbestos

A mineral fiber once commonly used for its fire-retarding and insulation properties. It was widely employed in insulation, roofing, floor tiles, household products, and appliances. After extensive studies,the Environmental Protection Agency determined that asbestos caused lung and stomach cancer in people exposed to it over long periods of time.If real property contains asbestos in it,most lenders will require removal,or a firm commitment for removal,before they will fund any loans to buy or renovate the property. Real estate agents are required to disclose the presence of asbestos on property, if known. Asbestos removal is generally accomplished by specially trained and licensed asbestos abatement contractors.

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Unlike Type I AC pipes, silica was added to the mixture of asbestos fibers and Portland cement during the manufacturing of Type II AC pipes.
The mechanism of production of pulmonary and pleural lesions caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers appears to involve insults to the peripheral airways, alveolar walls, and the pulmonary interstitium.
The optical and electron microscopic determination of pulmonary asbestos fiber concentration and its relation to the human pathological reaction.
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Given the variability in the breadth of knowledge for specific mineral fibers, a full discussion of each type of asbestos fibers is beyond the scope of this summary report.
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Researchers, led by Professor Kenneth Donaldson at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, examined the potential for long and short carbon nanotubes, long and short asbestos fibers, and carbon black to cause pathological responses known to be precursors of mesothelioma.
Airborne asbestos fibers are all different sizes, and the smaller the fiber, the more potentially dangerous.
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According to the court, there was no evidence of either the intensity or duration of the alleged exposure in most of the cell block, and even in areas where exposure was assumed, there was no evidence as to the concentration of airborne asbestos fibers or that the inmate had an asbestos-related disease.
Evaluation of two cleaning methods for the removal of asbestos fibers from carpet.
Residents like Scoggins, though, can only wait and worry about how many asbestos fibers they might have inhaled over the years.

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