An investigation is opened regarding possible asbestos exposure at a Montana based cement company. —  A Montana cement company recently began an investigation into possible asbestos exposure at one of its plants. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the Ash Grove Cement Co. instructed employees at its Montana City operation to not report for work pending further direction due to the possible existence of tremolite in part of the company’s quarry.

Tremolite is a kind of asbestos that may lead to serious health issues if particles are inhaled. A spokesperson for the cement company, Jacqueline Clark, is quoted as stating on Monday that investigators are collecting samples from the area in question, which may take up to 10 business days to analyze after collection is completed, however, it is unknown when results will be available.

As noted by the AP, 80 people are employed at the Montana City plant, with nine of them working at the quarry.

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