Asbestos Found in Dust from New York Steam Pipe Explosion

Asbestos Cleanup Needed at NYC Steam Pipe Explosion

NEW YORK CITY, NY - July 19, 2007 - Dust and debris from the explosion of a steam pipe near Grand Central Terminal may contain asbestos, according to city health officials. So far, six out of ten bulk samples tested positive for the substance, suggesting a potential danger for anyone in that area (Office of Emergency Management, Press Release, July 19, 2007).

The Office of Emergency Management has closed off nearby streets, warning the general public to stay out of what it has been dubbed the "frozen zone" during cleanup operations. The frozen zone consists of the area between 40th Street and 43rd Street and between Vanderbilt Avenue and Third Avenue. People who are already in the frozen zone may choose to stay there, but others are not permitted to enter.

The explosion blew a 25-foot hole in 41st Street, halting traffic, killing one person and wounding 30 others. Installed in 1924, the steam pipe may have been lined with asbestos.

Asbestos is common as an insulation for pipes, boilers, home attics and buildings. It has been part of plaster, cement, roofing tiles, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, auto brakes and clutches. Although many people believe that asbestos has been banned in the United States, we still import thousands of tons of the substance. The breakage of the steam pipe in New York City is just one sad reminder of the problem.

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