is a mineral fiber; because of its fiber strength and heat
resistant properties, asbestos was widely used for a wide
range of manufactured goods. Most products made today do not
contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain
asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled
as such. However, until the 1970s (and into 1990, see note
below), many residential building products and insulation
materials contained asbestos.
When asbestos-containing materials are damaged
or disturbed by repair, remodeling, or demolition activities,
microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into
the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.
Mesothelioma, more precisely malignant mesothelioma, is a
form of cancer that is usually caused by exposure to asbestos.
Common products that contained asbestos, and
may release asbestos fibers, include:
- Building materials (including but not limited to):
- roofing shingles and coatings
- roofing and flooring felts
- ceiling and floor tiles
- decorative "popcorn" ceiling spray
- paper products
- pipe wrap
- asbestos cement products
- Friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission
- Heat-resistant fabrics (fire retardant around oil furnances)
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Attic and wall insulation produced using vermiculite
ore, particularly ore that originated from a Libby,
Montana mine, may contain asbestos fibers. Vermiculite
was mined in Libby, Montana between 1923 and 1990. Prior
to its close in 1990, much of the world's supply of
vermiculite came from the Libby mine. This mine had
a natural deposit of asbestos which resulted in the
vermiculite being contaminated with asbestos.