Vermiculite Insulation & Asbestos Concerns Discussed in New Online Video
PRLog (Press Release) – Sep. 22, 2013 – PEORIA, Ariz. — Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate people about issues that may impact their health. The latest educational video discusses vermiculite insulation and potential exposure to asbestos fibers.
Vermiculite is a type of mineral that has been a commercial commodity throughout the world for well over 50 years. When heated to a high temperature, flakes of vermiculite expand as much as 8-30 times their original size. The expanded vermiculite is a light-weight, fire-resistant, and odorless material and has been used in numerous products, including insulation for attics and walls.
“A mine in Montana was the source for over 70 percent of all vermiculite sold in the United States from 1919 to 1990,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, the company behind the IAQ Video Network and the new public outreach video. “Unfortunately, there was also a deposit of asbestos at that mine, so the vermiculite was contaminated with asbestos. Vermiculite from this mine was used in the majority of vermiculite insulation in the United States. We hope this video helps to shed some light on vermiculite insulation and potential asbestos exposure concerns if the insulation is disturbed.”