May 13, 2016 2:17 pm Published by

IMG_0120Vermiculite & asbestos removal


Vermiculite is a popular insulation material, but much of the vermiculite used in the U.S. during the 20th century was contaminated with asbestos.  Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself from exposure to dangerous asbestos:

Up until 1990, most vermiculite sold in the U.S. came from a mine near Libby, Montana and contained a deposit of asbestos contaminant.  That mine was closed but before it was, contaminated vermiculite insulation made its way into millions of homes and buildings.  The EPA recommends that all vermiculite insulation be assumed to be contaminated with asbestos because of this widespread problem.


  •  ASSUME ASBESTOS CONTAMINATION – There is no firm cut off date for asbestos contaminated insulation; so be safe and treat all vermiculite as if it were contaminated.
  • DO NOT DISTURB VERMICULITE – NEVER stir, handle, or move vermiculite insulation, or do anything to it that might create dust.
  • CONTACT A PROFESSIONAL ASBESTOS REMOVAL CONTRACTOR                                  CALL CARDINAL ENVIRONMENTAL @ 508-635-8014 or go to the Contact Us page on this website and fill out all information applicable to your home situation.  We will contact you within 2 business days.  
    • Our Asbestos Contractor LICENSE # AC000902
    • We are located in Worcester MA. and we are licensed to provide Asbestos Removal
      Service for the entire state of Massachusetts.


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