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Resource ID: #13575
Subject: Worker Safety
Source: Metro Times (Detroit)
Date: 1996-11-20


The story revealed that workers at the city of Detroit's sewage treatment plant were being exposed to incinerated sewage sludge ash that contained a variety of heavy metals and other hazardous material. These materials included dangerous levels of silica, a human carcinogen that also causes the debilitating lung disease silicosis. Workers alleged that because of malfunctioning equipment they had been breathing the contaminated ash for more than a year. (November 20, 1996)

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