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The EPA held a community meeting in North Little Rock, Arkansas last week to discuss the findings of asbestos sampling that was done in the area. The EPA obtained samples from a former vermiculite processing facility and a nearby community park. The processing facility operated in North Little Rock from 1953 to 1989. Asbestos contamination was confirmed at both locations.

Vermiculite is a mineral compound obtained by mining that can be used for insulation. Often, asbestos is naturally occurring within the vermiculite. As stressed by the EPA, asbestos is only dangerous when airborne. They are in the process of characterizing the site now and will begin steps to remove the contaminated soil.