Tests of samples taken from a closed Montana plant reportedly show no signs of asbestos.
Wired PR News – Results from tests performed so far on air samples taken from a recently closed Montana plant have shown no sign of asbestos contamination. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the 43 samples from Ash Grove Cement Company’s plant and quarry as well as product produced by the company were shown to contain no asbestos.
The Montana City plant was closed after a substance that was believed to possibly be a type of asbestos called tremolite was discovered, pending an investigation.
Richard Opper, who directs the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, is quoted in the AP report as stating, “Obviously every time we get a new piece of information that shows the lack of the presence of asbestos, it’s great news for the workers and great news for the community… Of course, we’re still waiting for the mother lode of test results, which is the rock.”
Asbestos fiber inhalation can lead to several serious health issues including mesothelioma lung cancer and asbestosis.