Remediation Efforts at the Johns-Manville Superfund Site May Increase Asbestos Exposure
By: Caitlin Federici
Cleanup methods implemented at the Johns-Manville superfund site may be inadvertently increasing asbestos exposure to surrounding communities. The EPA has designated the old Johns-Manville asbestos manufacturing facility in Waukegan, IL, as a Superfund site on the EPA’s National Priority List. The EPA characterizes Superfund locations as “contaminated sites [where] hazardous waste [was] dumped, left out in the open, or otherwise improperly managed.” Such sites require specialized cleanup, containment, and long-term monitoring to prevent or reduce public and environmental exposure to contamination.