Author: Madeline May

Asbestos Pipe Health Risks and Risk Factors Asbestos-cement pipes (AC), also known as transite pipes, were used across the United States throughout the 1900s. Many estimate about 18 percent of the United States and Canada’s water distribution pipes are transite. These AC pipes were cheaper, lightweight, and seemed to withstand deterioration better than standard piping. However, transite pipes can contain 20 percent asbestos. In the early 1980s, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a complete ban on all asbestos-related products, quickly slowing the manufacturing and installation of AC pipes. Although these asbestos-lined pipes were discontinued, existing AC pipes…

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Asbestos Pipe Health Risks and Risk Factors Asbestos-cement pipes (AC), also known as transite pipes, were used across the United States throughout the 1900s. Many estimate about 18 percent of the United States and Canada’s water distribution pipes are transite. These AC pipes were cheaper, lightweight, and seemed to withstand deterioration better than standard piping. However, transite pipes can contain 20 percent asbestos. In the early 1980s, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a complete ban on all asbestos-related products, quickly slowing the manufacturing and installation of AC pipes. Although these asbestos-lined pipes were discontinued, existing AC pipes…

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