Attic Insulation May Contain Deadly Asbestos, Cautions N.Y. Lawyer
Joseph W. Belluck, a partner at the New York law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP, says
asbestos-contaminated vermiculite in millions of homes and businesses underscores the need for
New York, N.Y. (PRWEB) June 28, 2009 -- The presence of attic insulation made from asbestos-contaminated
vermiculite in millions of homes and businesses underscores the need for caution and public education to avoid
exposure, says a New York personal injury attorney.
"Many people could be exposing themselves to dangerous asbestos fibers when they go to the attic, if they're not
careful," said Joseph W. Belluck, a partner at the New York law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP, which handles
asbestos-related injury cases. "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new public education campaign on
vermiculite insulation is a reminder of how widespread this type of insulation remains, even today."
Vermiculite insulation was a popular, pebble-like pour-in insulation sold under the brand name Zonolite until
sales were discontinued in the 1980s. It is usually gray-brown or silver-gold in color. The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency has estimated that from 15 to 52 million homes have Zonolite attic insulation.
The insulation marketed under this brand name had vermiculite from a mine near Libby, Montana, that produced
most of the U.S. supply for much of the 20th century. The vermiculite was contaminated with microscopic
asbestos fibers, according to the EPA Web site. Asbestos fibers can cause serious health problems including lung
cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer found in the lining of the lungs.
As long as vermiculite insulation is undisturbed, the EPA says it poses no risk and does not need to be removed.
If a home remodeling project involves removal of insulation, the EPA recommends that a trained asbestos
removal professional be used to ensure the material is handled properly.
"If you have vermiculite insulation, the proper precaution is to a