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Asbestos over WHO limit found at 17 spots in disaster areas
Asbestos levels in excess of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s safety limit were found in 17 locations at building dismantling sites in areas hit hard by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, it has been learned from government sources.

From fiscal 2008 to 2010, only four locations -- such as in Yamanashi and Aichi prefectures -- were found in the Ministry of the Environment (MOE)'s testing to be over the limit.

An expert said of the newly found locations, "It's only the tip of the iceberg. There are surely many building dismantling sites that have been overlooked. We have no proof that even levels under the WHO standards bring no adverse health effects, and a swift response to this asbestos problem is crucial."

The MOE and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) have monitored asbestos levels at building dismantling sites and debris processing sites from June 2011 through December 2012. At 17 dismantling sites in Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures, asbestos levels from 10.6 to 783.5 strands per liter of air were found. The WHO safety standards call for less than 10 strands per liter.

[link to mainichi.jp]
 
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