Federal agency tests asbestos containing materials at Illinois Beach State Park.

Chicago, IL (MesotheliomaCancerNews.com)–Illinois Beach State Park, a popular recreation facility for consumers of all ages especially runners, swimmers and volleyball players, is contaminated with asbestos containing materials. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 (EPA) www.epa.gov collected samples in November 2007 and released additional analyzation reports on March 12, 2009.

The data collected was reviewed by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) www.atsdr.gov. Both the EPA and the ATSDR has issued monitoring recommendations to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources which manages the popular park. Asbestos containing materials are present in the park. Continued asbestos monitoring, regular beach sweeps, and visitor education about the presence of asbestos materials is part of the advisory the federal government posted.

Direct and secondary exposure to asbestos and asbestos containing products can cause debilitating illnesses and diseases like mesothelioma cancer. Asbestos related respiratory illnesses and other disease conditions typically present 20 or more years after repeated exposure to the toxic substances.

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