As many as 100 plastic garbage bags filled with cancer-causing asbestos were dumped at two Long Island shopping centers and a third site, possibly by a company evading costly disposal procedures, police said Saturday.
State pollution control technicians were called in to remove the material, routinely used as a fire retardant and insulation until it was banned. Officials found between 40 and 50 bags Friday night spread over a half-mile in Baldwin. On Saturday, a search turned up as many as 50 additional bags at two shopping centers.
State and county authorities were investigating to determine the source of the asbestos and who might have dumped it.