Inspector General Report: Asbestos Exposure a Concern on Army Posts

Residents in privatized housing on nearly 50 Army installations cited concerns with issues such as lead paint and asbestos, the toxic building material linked to mesothelioma cancer, according to a recent report from the Department of the Army Inspector General. The report, which was made public earlier this month, includes surveys, document reviews and interviews with residents at 49 Army installations across the U.S., including Fort Bragg (N.C.), Fort Campbell (Ky.) and Fort Hood in Texas. Military families at 48 of the 49 sites cited concerns with safety or environmental issues inside the aging on-base housing at the installations. Residents at all 49 locations believed the property management company “placed the interests of affiliate companies above life, health and safety.” The top environmental concerns reported in the survey include: Asbestos Mold Lead-based paint Water quality Open sewage Radon gas Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in dozens of construction materials throughout much of the 20th century to increase durability and fire resistance. Older homes, buildings and other structures built before 1980 likely contain asbestos materials such as drywall, cement, insulation, roofing and floor tile. When these materials degrade over time, they can release toxic fibers into the air. Inhaling or ingesting these microscopic fibers can lead to serious health conditions decades later, including lung cancer ...
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Joe Abdo1, Christopher S. Wichman2, Nicholas E. Dietz1,3, Pawel Ciborowski4, John Fleegel1, Sumeet K. Mittal1,5 and Devendra K. Agrawal1* 1Department of Clinical and Translational Science, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, United States 2Department of Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, United States 3Department of Pathology, CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center, College of Medicine, Omaha, NE, United States 4Department of Pharmacology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, United States 5Norton Thoracic Institute, St....
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Inhalation Toxicology - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Inhal Toxicol Source Type: research
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Source: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Clinical Trials: Oral Presentations - Proffered Abstracts Source Type: research
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Source: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
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