Bags of asbestos cause road hazard


WEST BRANCH — The Michigan State Police responded to a road hazard complaint involving several bags of trash spread across the roadway that was later identified as asbestos Jan. 9.

Sgt. Mike Brown said a motor carrier officer responded to the call at the entrance to southbound I-75 at Exit 215. Upon investigation, the officer determined the refuse was actually approximately 25 sealed hazardous waste bags containing asbestos.

“It doesn’t look like they were intentionally dumped,” Brown said, noting they likely fell out of a vehicle hauling the regulated carcinogenic material.

Brown said because of the small area in which the bags were found, there was no health risk to the public.

Brown contacted a hazardous waste crew from Republic Waste Services to collect the material. He also said the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is investigating where the material originated from.

It is unclear what organization will be paying for the disposal of the hazardous waste.


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