A Federal report has recently indicated that Illinois State Beach Park is safe, despite an investigation that discovered that asbestos containing material was being washed up onto the beach. The discovery was made in the summer of 2007.

A number of officials were sent to the area to investigate the asbestos material once the investigation was launched, and there was concern because of the high risk of health problems associated with exposure to asbestos such as respiratory problems, scarring of the lungs, and even a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

However, the report by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry stated: “Recreational use of the beach is not expected to harm people’s health.”

However, a congressional subcommittee is conducting further investigations following accusations that the agency previously committed scientific fraud. Jeff Camplin of the Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society said: “There’s some consistent pattern of unethical behavior and scientific fraud. For the last 10 years, their mantra is: ‘Well, yes, there’s pieces there. And in 99.9 percent of any other situation, children would not be allowed in an area where asbestos is continually found, let alone a 7½-mile beach.”

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