Residents of Eldorado Hills, California are opposing a proposal for a tract of housing to be built in an area that is close to land contaminated with a highly toxic form of asbestos. The proposal is for a total of 135 houses to be built along Oak Ridge which is where the asbestos is located beneath the soil.
The main concern for residents is that dangerous asbestos fibers will be released into the air when workers begin to dig land for roads and buildings.
When asbestos fibers are released into the air they may be inhaled by individuals in close proximity. When such fibers are inhaled they may cause the development of any one of a number of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Because these types of diseases tend to have such a long latency period it is very difficult to treat them. Often by the time such a disease is diagnosed it is already in advanced sates of development.
According to residents the site proposed for the new houses is located in close proximity to the areaâ€™s Oak Ridge High School, which means that students would be in danger as well.
Approximately 70 residents in the area have come forward and say they plan to oppose the proposal. The greatest fear of those in opposition is the eventual development of mesothelioma cancer as a result of asbestos exposure.