Asbestos and the Ambler Asbestos Plant
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What is asbestos?
Asbestos is naturally occurring silicate mineral. It comes from a Greek word that mean inextinguishable.
Asbestos is a toxic material. If you inhale it, it can cause different illnesses, such as lung caner and a type of pheumoconiosis.

Why should it matter?
During the 19th century asbestos became increasingly popular to use in buildings because it is resilient to electricity and heat. Commonly it was woven into mats or mixed into cement. It also can be used as insulation. But the problem now, is that we are finding out that it is a carcinogenic.
  • An estimated 1.3 million employees in the construction industry face asbestos exposure
  • Asbestos can cause two types of cancer.


  • Manufactured inorganic fibres (MIF)
  • Naturally occurring crystalline fibres and other minerals
  • Natural organic fibre
  • Manufactured organic fibers

Ambler Asbestos plant
In Ambler, there are two asbestos piles that cover about fifteen acres of land. In 1867, manufacturers of asbestos products starting dumping waste next to their Ambler plant. In 1962, a new company bought this plant and started pumping waste water with asbestos in it into diked areas where it eventually dried up. Now, the total volume of asbestos waste is thought to measure more than 1.5 million cubic yards. In 1983, asbestos was found in the soil of Locust Street Playground where many children dwell. This was considered a threat to the public right away.


In September 2007, a lowa was passed, titled, “Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007." This law was passed to obvioulsy ban asbestos nation-wide.

The Ambler Asbestos Plant was added to the Superfund list.


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