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Playing in Asbestos

In El Dorado Hills, California, outdoor exercise is perhaps not the best thing for your lungs. The town recently got the bad news that a particularly nasty form of naturally-occuring asbestos is scattered throughout the earth in their community. I was much struck by the following passage, from the AP Story:

In October, contractors in white suits and respirators spent a week simulating child's play to measure exposure. In the name of science, they slid into the bases on the ball field, pedaled and jogged along a popular trail, played basketball and soccer and gardened behind an elementary school.
That surreal image sounds like something from a dream. Not a good dream for local homeowners, though, whose decision whether to stay or go must be made without much help from the balky EPA.

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