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Select a topic or scroll down and learn how public officials have been warned numerous times about asbestos contamination, apparent cover-ups, and possible criminal activities.

The Camplin Report draws line in sand
In June 2003, Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society's asbestos consultant Jeffery C. Camplin, CSP, released a 28 page report detailing the extensive problems with visible and microscopic asbestos fibers at Illinois Beach State Park.  The Illinois Attorney General announced in early July, 2003 that she was forming an Asbestos Task Force.  Lisa Madigan was quoted as stating, "Serious public health and environmental law enforcement questions have been raised and these questions need to be answered.  The job of this task force is to obtain answers concerning whether public health is threatened by asbestos found at the state park and nearby areas and to identify any enforcement steps that must be taken".  Yet no state officials ever contacted Mr. Camplin regarding his serious findings.  In fact, Mr. Camplin, along with Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society President Paul Kakuris, and then Park Director Bob Grosso, were barred from participating in or observing the activities of Lisa Madigan's Asbestos Task Force.  The Attorney General who touts concern for the environment and an open and honest government, set up a secret Asbestos Task Force that hid the truths of asbestos hazards on the Illinois Lake Michigan Shoreline.
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Lisa Madigan Receives Personal Notification
Although barred from her Asbestos Task Force, Mr. Camplin decided to contact Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan by personal correspondence.  In this letter, Jeff explained the seriousness of the asbestos contamination and the apparent cover-up by public officials.  He let her know that she had an opportunity to act before further harm to public health occurred.  He concluded by warning her that if she ignored indiscretions by previous administrations, the problems would become hers.  Mr. Camplin did not receive a response from Lisa Madigan.
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Thoroughness of Department of Natural Resources Asbestos Clean-up Challenged
Since a massive asbestos clean-up was conducted at Illinois Beach State Park in 1997-98, the Park staff has been merely picking up asbestos chunks and debris that wash onto the shoreline beaches.  The debris builds up on public beaches until an unprotected contractor simply picks these pieces up at the end of each week while the public is present.  The contractor is required to some how cover a 6.5 mile beach in under 8 hours while conducting a detailed clean-up.  Mr. Camplin wrote to IDNR and challenged this approach to addressing friable asbestos debris clean-up in public areas.  He never received a response from the IDNR.
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Outdated Public Health Assessment Challenged
The Illinois Attorney General relies solely upon a June 2000 Public Health Assessment to claim that the asbestos chunks and debris that continually wash onto the public beaches do not pose a hazard to Illinois citizens.  Mr. Camplin found this report relied upon data that is now known to be useless and outdated. He asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to have the Centers for Disease Control have a qualifier added to the 2000 Public Health Assessment stating it was no longer valid  based upon current science.  This request was initially denied by the Chief Science Officer for the Centers for Disease Control.  This shameful denial was found to have no science-based reasoning and Mr. Camplin filed a scathing appeal that admonished the behavior of CDC staff.  Now the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services is investigating misconduct in assessing asbestos hazards at Illinois Beach State Park by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.
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USEPA Notified of Asbestos Hazards at Waukegan Harbor
In June,2005 Mr. Camplin found multiple chunks of friable asbestos debris at Waukegan Municipal beach and adjacent shoreline located just south of Illinois Beach State Park.  Paul Kakuris, Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society President immediately notified Mayor Hyde of the City of Waukegan.  There was no response from the City.  He attended a Citizen's Advisory Group (CAG) meeting in November, 2005 to inquire about asbestos issues involved with a Superfund clean-up at Waukegan Harbor Area of Concern.  A letter was submitted to CAG members and USEPA asking for answers.  After two months of delays, a lame response was presented by USEPA Public Information Officer Mike Joyce.  Mr. Camplin promptly responded to the shame response and copied USEPA Region 5 Director Thomas V. Skinner.  No response has been received from any USEPA officials that address Mr. Camplin's inquiries and charges.
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Centers for Disease Control Warned About Behavior
In February, 2006, Mr. Camplin wrote to the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health and Human Services regarding a potential delay in responding to his appeal on the 2000 Public Health Assessment challenge.  He warned that a request for more time to respond appeared to be coming from CDC.  Jeff warned the CDC and Department of Health and Human Services that a delay would harm Illinois citizens and involve CDC in an apparent cover-up of tremolite asbestos hazards along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline.  No response was received from the Centers for Disease Control or from the Department of Health and Human Services.  The Inspector General's Office was copied on this correspondence.  Check back later to read their response (if any).
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