Mowing lawns in white suits, as Davidson asbestos cleanup gets underway |WFAE

A worker mowed a lawn on Sloan Street recently, wearing protective gear because of concern over asbestos in the soil. Tests later showed the mowing was safe. (Photo via Tim Mascara)

There was a strange sight in Davidson a few weeks ago – workers in white suits mowing lawns. It’s part of a $3 million asbestos cleanup by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at about 20 homes and other properties around an old mill.  The asbestos came from the old Carolina Asbestos factory, which operated nearby from 1930 to 1960. Back then, neighbors had it delivered to cover driveways or level their yards – in an era before the dangers of asbestos became known. Listen/read at

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