Residents remain concerned after the EPA announces plans for asbestos removal from a creek.

Mesothelioma Cancer News (Pennsylvania) – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to remove asbestos from the Wissahickon Creek. As reported by, area residents remain concerned about their safety despite the plans.

Fred Conner with the Citizens’ Advisory Group is quoted in the report as stating of concerns, “If they’re not going to get to it until 2010 or 2011, is there going to be any warning to the children in that area?… It has always been our concern when we see children there. They could pick it up. That causes a real concern for me.”

Eduardo Rovira, the EPA’s on-scene coordinator, is quoted in the report as stating of the cleanup, “Most of the pieces that are washing up are from the sections we haven’t done any work at… It was decided that we will do it only once… Once we are done with the stream banks, we will go out and pick up any pieces of ACM in the stream and along the stream banks.” Rovira is further quoted as stating of health risks, “Any of the pieces that are actually in the water, they don’t pose a real threat… The pieces that are in the water right now, there is no actual potential of any fibers becoming airborne. The airborne fibers are the ones that might cause some health problems.”

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