10/06/2010 // Socorro, New Mexico, USA // Mesothelioma News Now! // New Mexico mesothelioma reporter
Just north of Socorro, New Mexico, the building where Eagle Picher Carefree Battery Co. makes circuit boards and lead-acid batteries has been found to possibly contain lead–based paints and mesothelioma-causing asbestos.
In addition, the soil at the Eagle Picher Carefree Battery Superfund site is laden with heavy metals including lead, cadmium and chromium. Similar to disintegrating asbestos, which releases highly poisonous fibers that can be inhaled, leading to such fatal diseases as pleural mesothelioma, heavy metals and contaminated soil can become airborne if disturbed.
Authorities are concerned that the community may be in danger of prolonged exposure to those contaminants. Asbestos exposure can cause irreparable damage to the body. In the case of mesothelioma, the disease can take up to fifty years to exhibit symptoms. By that point, the cancer is so far advanced that most patients only have an 18 month life expectancy.
The EPA believes that only corrective action is necessary, and that the Eagle Picher site requires a long-term cleanup, preventing the release of hazardous substances.
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