Asbestos on the Western Slope of El Dorado County

Note: Some of the links below are to files that are quite large and may be unsuitable for downloading with a slow speed internet connection.

EPA Testing El Dorado Hills Naturally Occurring Asbestos Multimedia Exposure Assessment
EPA Response Dated December 2005
EPA Asbestos Assessment for El Dorado Hills (6 pages) Dated May 2005
EPA Quality Assurance Project Plan (60 pages) Dated September 2004

R.J. Lee Group Critique of the El Dorado Hills NOA Study
R.J. Lee Group – Evaluation of EPA’s Analytical Data from the El Dorado Hills Asbestos Evaluation Project (79 pages) Dated November 2005

Activity Based Outdoor Air Sampling, Field Sampling Plans
Community Park and Schools (76 pages) Dated September 2004
Community Park Children’s Playground (24 pages) Dated September 2004

Fixed Ambient Air Sampling Field Sampling Plan
Outdoor Reference (33 pages) Dated September 2004

Soil Sampling Field Sampling Plan
Community Park, Schools and Public Areas (52 pages) Dated September 2004

Figures and Attachments
Figure 1-2 Site Locations Dated September 2004
Figure 2-1 Scenario Location Map Dated September 2004
Figure 2-2 Sampling Map Dated September 2004
Appendix F – Reference Levels Dated September 2004

Media Coverage

Sacramento Bee 5 April 2010 El Dorado Hills asbestos levels don’t warrant full-scale study, U.S. report says

Sacramento Bee 22 February 2009 El Dorado residents oppose housing in asbestos area

Village Life 4 February 2009 Ridgeline development foes throw down the gauntlet

Village Life 21 January 2009 Asbestos creeps back into the spotlight

Sacramento Bee 7 August 2008 Oak Ridge has a whole new look

El Dorado Hills Telegraph 28 December 2006 New asbestos report refutes industry study

Mountain Democrat 27 December 2006 Don’t you love labels?

Mountain Democrat 26 December 2006 New Fed asbestos study fails to end El Dorado

Sacramento Bee 20 December 2006 Asbestos fears are justified

Sacramento Bee 7 November 2006 Asbestos dust case settled in El Dorado

Sacramento Bee 26 April 2006 Asbestos critique baseless, EPA says

Sacramento Bee 2 April 2006 El Dorado – Foothills asbestos risk doubted

Sacramento Bee 12 January 2006 El Dorado seeks own answers on asbestos

El Dorado Hills Telegraph 10 January 2006 El Dorado Hills asbestos levels contradicted

Sacramento Bee 4 January 2006 El Dorado – A new volley in toxic battle

Mountain Democrat 19 December 2005 El Dorado County delegation talks asbestos in Washington

Sacramento Bee 23 October 2005 El Dorado amends some asbestos and dust regulations

Sacramento Bee 23 July 2005 El Dorado asbestos rules OK’d

Sacramento Bee 28 June 2005 Study cites asbestos impact

Sacramento Bee 28 June 2005 Asbestos raises red flags in state

Sacramento Bee 26 June 2005 Asbestos hotline takes on dust calls

El Dorado Hills Telegraph 31 May 2005 County announces new NOA enforcement

Sacramento Bee 23 May 2005 Politics, asbestos mix in foothills

Sacramento Bee 15 May 2005 Balancing fear, hope in foothills

Sacramento Bee 3 May 2005 Asbestos study brings adjustments

Sacramento Bee 2 May 2005 Asbestos worries widen in foothills

Sacramento Bee 19 April 2005 School faces asbestos warning

Sacramento Bee 5 April 2005 Bill spotlights natural asbestos

Sacramento Bee 21 March 2005 Asbestos testing may get personal

Sacramento Bee 20 March 2005 Asbestos test results set for April release

Village Life 8 December 2004 Asbestos worries remain in EDH

El Dorado Hills Telegraph 1 September 2004 Clearing air over asbestos

Sacramento Bee 29 August 2004 Asbestos exposure found in El Dorado pets

Journal of Environmental Health

When Science Crosses Politics, I: The Case of Naturally Occurring Asbestos (9 pages) Published June 2004

Letters to the Editor regarding The Case of Naturally Occurring Asbestos Published October 2004

Mountain Democrat 26 February 2004 Mineral mayhem – The story of asbestos in El Dorado County

Asbestos References:

  1. Report regarding the mitigation work at Oak Ridge High School in the Placeville Mountain Democrat June 23 2004 – Asbestos work close to done at Oak Ridge
  2. Areas More Likely to Contain Natural Occurrences of Asbestos in Western El Dorado County, California, Department of Conservation, Division of Mines and Geology, Report from the ATSDR for a final health consultation/evaluation of community wide asbestos from 2011.
  3. A copy of the map covering the Bass Lake area is available here. To view a more detailed map, click here.
  4. Report in Sacramento Bee March 29 1998 – Projects in El Dorado churning up asbestos, details at: Mesothelioma News
  5. US EPA Region 9 – Naturally Occurring Asbestos in El Dorado Hills: Questions and Answers, dated 8th June 2004, available here.
    Update on US EPA Activities to Address Naturally Occurring Asbestos, dated August 2004, available here.
  6. Naturally Occurring Asbestos in California, latest from the EPA.
  7. El Dorado County Air Quality Management District
  8. Air Quality Links for El Dorado County, Including Asbestos Links
  9. ATSDR Releases Final Health Consultation on Asbestos Exposure in El Dorado Hills, CA
  10. USGS Asbestos Statistics and Information
  11. Accredited Testing Laboratories for Asbestos Fiber Analysis
    Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
    Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM)
  12. Letter prepared for Chistopherson Homes – 15 November 2004
    Regarding Promontory Village 4 Asbestos Study (9 pages)
  13. El Dorado Hills Asbestos Information website
    El Dorado Hills Asbestos
  14. The Leading Mesothelioma Cancer Resource website