A group is questioning the validity of testing done regarding the asbestos levels at an Illinois beach.
Mesothelioma Cancer News (Zion, Illinois) – The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recently concluded in a study that asbestos levels at an Illinois beach did not pose a major health hazard to beach goers. However, some are disputing the validity of these claims. As reported by the Daily Herald, Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society members spoke out recently, alleging that the agency’s claims regarding the safety of Illinois Beach State Park in Zion may not be scientifically sound.
Paul Kakuris, the society’s president, is quoted in the report as stating, “Millions of people and their families are being unwittingly exposed to inhaling invisible asbestos fibers, which can be deadly to them in the years to come in different forms of cancer.” Some members of the group argue that the beach should be closed.
Todd Rettig of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is quoted in the report as stating of the tests conclusions, “What reassures the department is there have been half a dozen studies done in the last 10 years and the conclusions have been (that the beach is safe).”
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