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Types of Asbestos

Amosite
Amosite

Amosite Asbestos The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined amosite, or “brown asbestos,” to be the second most commonly used type of asbestos in the United States. In its natural state, amosite is known as grunerite, and it was mainly mined in South Africa.

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Amosite (Brown or Grey Asbestos)
Amosite (Brown or Grey Asbestos)

Amosite Asbestos The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined amosite, or “brown asbestos,” to be the second most commonly used type of asbestos in the United States. In its natural state, amosite is known as grunerite, and it was mainly mined in South Africa.

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Chrysotile
Chrysotile

Chrysotile or white asbestos is the most commonly encountered form of asbestos, accounting for approximately 95% of the asbestos in the United States and a similar proportion in other countries.

Chrysotile (White Asbestos)
Chrysotile (White Asbestos)

Chrysotile (white asbestos) is the most commonly used form of asbestos and can be found today in the roofs, ceilings, walls and floors of homes and businesses. Manufacturers also used chrysotile asbestos in automobile brake linings, gaskets and boiler seals, and insulation for pipes, ducts and appliances.

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Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos)
Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos)

Crocidolite (blue asbestos) was commonly used to insulate steam engines, and it was also used in some spray-on coatings, pipe insulation, plastics and cement products. Anthophyllite was used in limited quantities for insulation products and construction materials, and it also occurs as a contaminant in chrysotile asbestos, vermiculite and talc.

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Tremolite
Tremolite

Like other varieties of asbestos, tremolite asbestos is composed predominantly of magnesium and can range from off-white to a dark green in color. Tremolite is particularly common in vermiculite deposits.

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