Asbestos Is Definitely Our Least Favorite Thing
… And Now We Have 300 More Tons Of It To Dislike
Guess what! Ugly as it is, asbestos imports into the U.S. increased significantly in 2020.
Boy, the reasons to hate that year just keep on coming.
But yes, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey report on mineral imports (that’s actually a thing), 300 tons of raw chrysotile asbestos came into the U.S. last year, all to be used in the making of chlorine by the chemical companies which make, well, chlorine (among other things).
But what that report does not track is the amount of asbestos that comes into the U.S. every year as part of materials that are manufactured with it. Stuff like building materials. Sneaky!
‘Round these parts, we don’t care much for asbestos, and not just because it’s ugly. We’re not that judgy. No, we hate asbestos because it’s dangerous.
If it stays in its solid, manufactured state, it’s okay… but if it’s disturbed, by something like a small house fire or busted-pipe flood, it breaks into microscopic shards that can be imbedded in your lungs and cause you to die of mesothelioma lung cancer. And we ARE against that.
So in the interest of not harshing your holiday cheer… let’s SING about it!
Our Least Favorite Things
(With profound apologies to the original songwriters)
Raindrops on noses from busted pipes upstairs
Texture from ceilings comes down in wet clusters
Dust, when it dries, floating like it has wings
These are a few of our least favorite things
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
With makeup they bought at Claire’s for their eyelashes
Yes, makeup, and even those cheap little blings
These are asbestos-containing bad things
When the pipes burst
When the stove burns
When DIY goes bad
We always remember our least favorite things
Asbestos sure maaakes… uuus… MAAAD.
There are about fourteen more verses to this song, which we all had to learn in Asbestos Expert Elementary School. The Asbestos Chorale gave a concert every December, and this was the big hit. But again, we’re not into throwing a damper on your festivities.
Dampers are the last things we’d want to throw.
No, but it’s worth pointing out that asbestos will definitely throw a damper on your life, if you happen to have a situation which leads to having airborne asbestos in your home or place of business.
Get your place tested… and if you have an asbestos problem, call your friends at Asbestos Abatement, Inc., and we’ll get things put right. By the time we’re done, the asbestos won’t know what hit it. Your air will be completely asbestos-free, and you won’t have to worry about mesothelioma.
And you won’t have to hear that dreadful song, ever again!
Happy Holidays from your friends at Asbestos Abatement, Inc. All jokes, dreadful songs, and bad singing aside, we wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season, and an enjoyable and prosperous 2022!