Several bags of waste discovered last week at a blight demolition site in southwest Detroit contained some asbestos, state test results show. The bags were removed May 4 from the site on Homer near Springwells. Detroit Police and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality are investigating who dumped the bags, according to Mayor Mike Duggan’s office.
Tests by the state showed the materials in the bags contained 0.25% Chrysotile asbestos. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality public information officer Melody Kindraka wrote in an e-mail that the percentage of asbestos in the bags was “well below the regulatory threshold” to be considered regulated.
But the state’s test results do not mean the material in the bags should be considered safe, said Dr. Michael Harbut, co-author of the American Thoracic Society’s guidelines on diagnosing and treating asbestos-related diseases. “There is no such thing as a safe level of exposure to asbestos,” Harbut said.
The Farrow Group, a local demolition company, reported finding the bags May 2 inside a shed at the Homer property while on a job for Detroit’s blight demolition program. The company halted work and notified the state and the city about its suspicion the bags could contain asbestos. While it remains unclear where the bags originated, the state’s investigation related to the Homer property concluded asbestos was abated from the house without proper notice to the state.
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