Many residents of Alpena, Michigan have expressed concern over asbestos contamination in their city’s water source.
Mesothelioma Cancer News (Alpena, Michigan) – Many in the town of Alpena, Michigan have expressed concerns over asbestos contamination in the city’s water system. As reported by The Alpena News, many fear that their dinking water has been contaminated by asbestos cement pipes from which the water flows. However, officials state the pipes do not pose a threat to residents.
Rich Sullenger, Alpena City Engineer, is quoted in the report as stating of the matter, “This issue rears its head every few years… Eighteen years ago it was widely accepted to use this type of piping. We do encounter it during road construction from time to time and we replace it right away, but we aren’t targeting it or seeking it out at this time.”
Sullenger is further quoted as stating, “The material is very fragile and breaks very easy when we do work near them we have to be careful because they crack so easily… So as long as there are no breaks we are fine, at least in the eyes of the DEQ. I have a team that can handle a break and control it, if need be.”
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