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‘Asbestos Town’ Uncovers History And Tensions Around Old Asbestos Mill In Davidson

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Courtesy of Tim Mascara
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A worker mows a Davidson resident's lawn during an asbestos cleanup in 2017. Workers wet the grass and wore protective gear because of concern over asbestos.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

An old cotton mill-turned-asbestos factory still lingers on a prime piece of real estate near downtown Davidson. Developers have long tried to redevelop the site, but more than 2,000 tons of asbestos contamination has made that nearly impossible.

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Waste asbestos is also scattered across the town and buried in neighborhoods where it was once used as fill material in people’s yards. Along with health and environmental concerns, there’s a deep sense of distrust among some longtime residents. Many in the town’s historically Black neighborhood have lost loved ones to what they believe were asbestos-related diseases.

WFAE’s David Boraks has dug into the deep-seated tensions and legacy surrounding the old mill in a three-part series called “Asbestos Town” and we’ll learn more.

Guests

David Boraks, WFAE reporter and host of WFAE’s three-part series Asbestos Town

Linda Reinstein, president and co-founder of the California-based Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.