Approximately eight years ago environmental officials had to test and clean up the land around two hundred and fifty houses located near to the Western Mineral Product Plant on Madison Street, Minneapolis. This was because the plant had apparently let some people use leftover products for their landscaping needs.

However, it turned out that the products were contaminated with the potentially deadly carcinogenic, asbestos, and as a result of this environmental officials had to check the areas and conduct a cleanup. However, it now looks as though the process is moving indoors after eight years. Exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers can result in a range of health problems, including the deadly asbestos related cancer known as mesothelioma.

Many residents in the Northeast Minneapolis area will receive letters from the Environmental Protection Agency stating that the inside of their homes need to be checked. One resident said that she was still getting over the mess that had been made of her yard. She said: “They tore up this whole thing. The whole entire backyard was dug up and the whole side and a few spots in the front.”

An official from the Minnesota Department of Health said: “Now we would like to go into people’s homes and look and see if there’s a possibility that walking through their yards, walking through their driveways, were they tracking in some asbestos fibers.”

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