How To Take The Fuss And Muss Out Of Asbestos Cleanup

One of the worst environmental plagues of recent years is asbestos fireproofing in high rises, schools, and other buildings. Cleaning up the contamination isn't easy: handling the cancer-causing microfibers requires extra precautions, and asbestos waste must be buried in special landfills. However, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology are taking a different approach. They have used an electric plasma-arc torch to melt pure asbestos into a harmless, glassy material.

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