State says asbestos deaths linked to work exposure

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The Vermont Health Department says five people who died of a lung ailment linked to exposure to asbestos received that exposure at their jobs, not because of where they lived.

On Wednesday the Health Department issued a report that found that three of five people who died of asbestosis between 1996 and 2005 had worked at a now closed asbestos mine in Eden and Lowell.

The state says two other individuals who died moved to Vermont after developing asbestosis had apparently been exposed in a workplace elsewhere.

The state conducted the latest report after some people questioned a November report that showed people who lived near the mine had higher-than-normal rates of contracting or dying of asbestosis.

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