NPR Covers "Third Wave" of Asbestos in the USA

NPR brings light to the story of a new wave of workers who are still getting mesothelioma. Despite the diminished usage of asbestos in today's products, people are still being exposed.

Thus, people are still getting sick. Thirty-nine year old Kris Penny is one of those people-he was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma after installing fiber-optic cables underground a decade earlier. The cable was housed in pipe made of asbestos cement, which generated dust when workers maneuvered the cable in or out of the pipe.

A 1990 New York conference had people like Penny in mind when they convened to discuss the looming "third wave" of asbestos disease. The first wave consisted of asbestos miners, millers, and manufacturing workers that worked with the mineral itself. Then it took out insulators, shipbuilders, and others who worked with asbestos products. The conference attendees agreed that, eventually, asbestos would be roused from its dormant state where it had been installed and kill again.

As environmental consultant Barry Castleman notes, "The problem is the asbestos is still there." We strongly recommend checking out the whole story on NPR's page.