My BIL spent a lifetime working in a power plant, from starting in the coal yard, to operating, ending up as plant manager. Every year during overhaul they would cut off asbestos insulation, grind it, wet it into a slurry, and reuse it after repairs were completed. literally move it with scoop shovels.
Who didn"t play with mica, asbestos, or mercury when they were young? A local school had a few drops spilled, and the magic number of $100,000 in cleanup costs appeared. A fear mongers delight!