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Health concerns increase in Nevada over natural asbestos

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In a state known for gambling, there is a growing controversy over the potential gambling with lives.

Scientists in Nevada say natural erosion and commercial development are sending asbestos fibers into the wind. 

But after sending up the alert, officials from the state health department forced one scientist to withdraw her presentation at a scientific conference.

Two other geoscientists, who work at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, say they've been vilified and shunned by state officials.

New York Times reporter, Deborah Blum recently wrote about this story and she joined the show for more.