Definition of Asbestos
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has long silicate, crystalline fibers. Its name originates from Greek, meaning "inextinguishable," because of its heat-resistant qualities....
Asbestos mining existed more than 4,000 years ago, but large-scale mining
began at the end of the 19th century, when manufacturers and builders began
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Photograph of natural asbestos
, with a penny to show scale.
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Jul 24, 2015 ... Asbestos has near-magical, heat and fire-resistant properties. But it is a known
cause of mesothelioma cancer and is banned by more than 50 ...
Dec 4, 2015 ... EPA's Notification of Rules and Regulations Regarding the Demolition of
Asbestos-Containing Structures, and Related Questions and Answers.
Because of its fiber strength and heat resistance asbestos has been used in a
variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire retardant.
Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma cancer. Find asbestos industry
news, asbestos legislation and asbestos abatement answers.
Oct 5, 2015 ... Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring minerals, exposure to which can have
deadly effects including the rare cancer pleural mesothelioma.