Asbestos is a dangerous mineral that has been linked with numerous diseases including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and even death. Asbestos itself is durable and heat resistant, and acts as a natural insulator and fireproofing material. Asbestos-containing materials are often found in buildings both new and old. Pennsylvania is ranked 3rd in the nation in asbestos-related deaths, and Allegheny County has the highest rates in the State. Because of this fact, we encourage Edgeworth residents to further their knowledge regarding the rules and regulations concerning asbestos by visiting the Allegheny County Health Department and the Environmental Protection Agency’s webpages.