Knee Deep in Asbestos

When I was 17 I started to asbestos mine in the Yukon. I had the excitement of youth and looked like a great adventure. Mine was about 7 kilometers from the border of Alaska at Forty Mile River, which flows into the Yukon about 5 miles or so north.

I was the first time in August and worked on the crew area. This was the group responsible for outside maintenance of all things on the surface. This was fine when we had those few relatively warm days of summer, but later it was a bit difficult to work outdoors under 55F.

One of my first tasks was to keep clear the conveyor that took the unused asbestos tailings piles. Tailings piles are basically the dregs of the current asbestos after milling on the left and the mill on conveyor belts to large piles behind the mill. At that time there were about 100 meters. Read more »

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