ASBESTOS AT OUTDOOR CALIFORNIA RETREAT
EPA: Asbestos risk at Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA)
Most of the area is managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. The area is visited by hikers, campers, hunters, botanists, rock collectors, off-highway vehicle riders and others. CCMA receives about 35,000 visitors per year including many families with children. Both BLM and the EPA have advised visitors of the asbestos health hazard existing at the area.
The CCMA contains the largest deposit of asbestos in the United States, and popular CCMA activities, such as off-road vehicle riding, disturb the soil and put asbestos into the air where it can be inhaled. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen.
The EPA studies found that motorcycle riding, ATV riding and SUV driving created the highest asbestos exposures. The EPA data also showed that children are generally exposed to higher asbestos concentrations than adults participating in the same activities.
Based on the asbestos exposure levels, the EPA estimated lifetime excess cancer risks. Many CCMA activities were found to have risks above the range that EPA considers to be acceptable.
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