EPA: Tests show air in Joplin OK

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says air tests in Joplin don’t indicate health concerns from asbestos.

The EPA’s regional office says it will continue to monitor air in Joplin as the town recovers from the May 22 tornado that ripped apart about a third of the southwest Missouri community. The agency said its plan includes sampling the air at various locations in and around the tornado’s impact zone. The emphasis is on monitoring for asbestos and particulate matter.

Tests show no health concerns from asbestos so far. Exposure to asbestos can cause serious lung problems and cancer.

Tests also showed no health concerns from particulate matter in the air, which includes a mixture of solids and liquids from various sources and can also cause health problems.

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