Earlier on this month asbestos was found on a site in Frankfort, and a clean up exercise was set up in order to remove the asbestos. According to authorities the initial stage of the clean up is now almost complete after clean up crews worked on removing the hazard.

Asbestos is a material that is a known carcinogenic and was once widely used in building materials, construction, and household items, among other applications. Long term or high level exposure to airborne dust and fibers from disturbed asbestos can lead to a range of health problems including scarring of the lungs, respiratory problems, and a form of deadly cancer known as mesothelioma.

The clean up at the Frankfort site was arranged by Environmental Protection Agency officials to ensure that the asbestos did not pose any danger to the public and that contamination did not spread throughout the area. The soil where the asbestos was detected has been covered up and the area fenced off.

One official stated: “The EPA has only been approved to do an interim action right now. So this is a very quick and easy way of taking care of the problem right now.”

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