Supes look again at asbestos |

Supes look again at asbestos

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will meet in Placerville today at 10 a.m. to revisit an ongoing debate about modifying asbestos levels in the county.

The board approved a motion in a 3-1 vote Nov. 16 to review the Naturally Occurring Asbestos and Dust Protection Ordinance, which would change the existing asbestos testing levels from 5 percent per sample to 1 percent.

First District Supervisor Sam Bradley, Fourth District Supervisor Penny Humphries, and Fifth District Supervisor Dave Solaro voted in favor of the ordinance, with Second District Supervisor Ray Nutting voting against it. Solaro voted against the issue in September, but now says it needs further attention.

A large portion of El Dorado County’s west slope has serpentine rock deposits which contain natural asbestos. When disturbed by construction activity, asbestos can emit dust into the air. The dust can contain traces of tremolite and/or chrysotile fibers, which are considered toxic substances by the California Air Resources Board, and has been linked to lung cancer.

Meeting Box:

What: El Dorado County Board of Supervisors

Where: El Dorado County Government Center, Building A, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville

When: Tuesday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.

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