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Cliff Rocky Stoneman (Pollutant: Asbestos) Air Villain


Air Villain: Cliff "Rocky" Stoneman

Status: Busted

Description: (Mineral) Asbestos is a group of 6 fibrous minerals that occur naturally in soil and rocks; amosite, chrysotile, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite. It is fireproof, chemically resistant, and doesn't conduct electricity.

Crime: Inhaling asbestos can cause lung cancer and asbestosis, a disease causing breathing problems and heart disease.

Cause: New uses for asbestos are banned, but due to its heat and chemical resistance, old uses like roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, car brake pads, transmission parts and cement are allowed. Asbestos fibers can enter the environment when natural deposits or asbestos products are disturbed, weathered or worn.