Most asbestos used in the U.S. is harmless |

Most asbestos used in the U.S. is harmless

Dear Editor,

Your front page article on March 6 concerning the asbestos problem in a house in Silt was very interesting, but you missed the opportunity to inform the public about the giant asbestos boondoggle. This unnecessary expenditure of billions of dollars has so far bankrupted over 50 companies and enriched only attorneys. The asbestos used in this nation is almost entirely of the harmless kind, chrysotile, rather than the potentially dangerous variety, amphibole crocidolite. Thanks to our scientifically illiterate United States Congress and its bureaucratic nincompoops, we continue to suffer the consequences of absurd laws.

Rob Hartop


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