According to officials from a federal agency, asbestos contamination at a beach in Illinois does not pose any threat. It has been reported that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has stated that the asbestos contamination that was discovered at the Adeline Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park is not dangerous.

The officials have said that the health of people in and around the area should not be affected by the asbestos levels at the beach, even though many may be concerned because of the health problems linked to asbestos exposure, which includes a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

One official from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry said that the agency believed that the risk of exposure to asbestos from the area was minimal, adding that asbestos fibres found in samples “the greatest concern for causing cancer.”

However, there was disagreement from the President of the Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society, who stated: “There’s a lot of room for criticism about the way they took samples (and), the bottom line is that it gives very skewed results.” He also reportedly stated that the beaches in the area should be closed.

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