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Possible asbestos exposure site cleared; walking and biking can resume in previously affected area

 C & H Mineral Building in Hubbell as seen in April 2018. (WLUC File Photo)
C & H Mineral Building in Hubbell as seen in April 2018. (WLUC File Photo) (WLUC)
Published: Jun. 5, 2020 at 1:02 PM EDT
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An asbestos site has been cleared for walking and biking after recent remediation.

The advisory to avoid walking and biking along a 1,000 foot section of M-26 near the C&H Mineral Building in Hubbell has been lifted. It is now safe to resume activity in the right-of way of the highway.

In April of 2018, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) issued a warning for people to avoid activity in the area due to physical hazards and the potential for public exposure to asbestos fibers from roofing material. Over time, exposure to asbestos fibers can cause damage to the lungs and increases the risk of developing cancer.

The property owner, Silver Shore Enterprise, Inc., worked in coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to mitigate the potential for public exposure at the site.

The property owner removed old roofing material form the building in September of 2018. EPA and EGLE further worked with the property owner and Honeywell International Inc. to remove soil from the M-26 right-of-way that contained asbestos material.

By October 31, 2019, the contaminated soil was removed and replaced with clean topsoil, reseeded and mulched.

In March of 2020, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department received documentation of work completed to remove the public health hazard. A review completed by WUPHD and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) concluded no apparent public health hazard remains in this portion of the right-of-way of M-26 near the C&H Mineral Building; therefore the advisory to avoid walking and biking in this area has been lifted.

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department appreciated working with the EPA, EGLE, MDHHS, and other stakeholders to reach this long-term solution that is protective of public health.

More information on the dangers of asbestos fibers can be found at

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For more questions about asbestos, contact the EGLE Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Western U.P. Health Department at 906-482-7382.

Check out the April 2018 story on the site from TV6 & FOX UP by

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