Does vermiculite in the UK contain asbestos?
People also ask, does vermiculite still contain asbestos?
Not all vermiculite products contain asbestos, but some do. An EPA study showed some vermiculite products contain low levels of asbestos. Asbestos is found primarily in the unmixed vermiculite product although some was found in pre-mixed potting soils.
Beside above, is vermiculite really dangerous? Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral that is perfectly safe when pure. Unfortunately, an estimated 75 percent of it came from Libby, Montana, where it usually was contaminated with toxic amphibole asbestos. Exposure to asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly cancer.
Similarly one may ask, how often does vermiculite contain asbestos?
The EPA says that vermiculite insulation, which is the pebbly stuff found in attics of many older homes, is only risky if it contains more than one percent asbestos. That's good news, because most Zonolite, a type of vermiculite insulation, falls into that category.
How much does it cost to test vermiculite for asbestos?
A basic test to determine whether vermiculite is contaminated by asbestos costs about $100 and up, depending on the number of samples taken. But even if the vermiculite is contaminated, it may not be necessary to remove it.