A federal agency has deemed asbestos exposure at an Illinois Beach non-threatening.

Mesothelioma Cancer News (Zion, Illinois) – Asbestos found at a beach in an Illinois county has reportedly been determined non-threatening. As reported by the Lake County News-Sun, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has stated that results of asbestos testing at the Adeline Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park has shown that the health of patrons should not be harmed by using the beach.

Mark Johnson with ATSDR is quoted in the report as stating, “We believe the potential exposure to asbestos is minimal,” and that airborne asbestos fibers found in samples has “the greatest concern for causing cancer” with repeated exposure over an extended period of time.

Paul Kakuris, President of the Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society, is quoted as stating in disagreement of the assessment, “There’s a lot of room for criticism about the way they took samples (and), the bottom line is that it gives very skewed results.” Kakuris is further stated to have expressed the view that the areas’ beaches should be closed.

As noted in the report, the ATSDR is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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