Jul 21, 2010, 4:19 PM
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Re: [yuja] Asbestos in popcorn ceilings in mexico?
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"Maybe we should just paint over it and not try to take it off. " Good idea! Sorry for my earlier science-speak: " you (could) consider stabilizing the material in place with a latex rubber coating... ".
As a chemist, I was trying to say that you could paint over your popcorn ceiling it, and that latex rubber coatings are routinely used in the US as an approved way of trapping and fibers, since asbestos is only a health risk when it is releasing friable fibers.
The Higher Education Statistics Agency reports that:
"As asbestos use declined in the United States, there was a discernible shifting of the risks to Mexico. ... "
Asbestos consumption in Mexico doubled "between 1970 (40 000 metric tons) and 1980 (79 000 metric tons)."
This basically says that asbestos was a widely used construction material (80 million pounds) in Mexico by 1970, and 160 million pounds per year by 1980, so, it is very possible that your popcorn ceiling is made of asbestos.
The Vancouver Sun reports Canadian firms continuing to sell asbestos to Mexico as a building material:
"Backed by public and private money and aided by scientists and friendly governments, the groups helped facilitate the sale of 2.2 million tons of asbestos last year, mostly in developing nations. "
So, public health experts expect: "future epidemics of lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma, " in the developing world due to the continuing sales of Canadian asbestos.
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on Jul 21, 2010, 4:30 PM)