Asbestos in the News: Issue 14

Asbestos in the News: Issue 14
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of asbestos related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are 18 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (5)
Scientists press for global asbestos ban: A call for the global ban on all forms of asbestos was made today by more than 150 international organizations. The statement, released Tuesday, calling for the ban on the mining, use and export of all form of asbestos has already been approved by over 150 public health organizations and scientists from at least 20 countries. The statement was released on the heels of last month’s announcement by the Quebec government saying it would lend $58 million to help re-start the former Johns-Manville mine in Quebec, keeping the production and export of asbestos going for another 20 years. “Continued use of asbestos will lead to a public health disaster of asbestos-related illness and premature death for decades to come, repeating the epidemic we are witnessing today in industrialized countries that used asbestos in the past,” said Dr. Stanley Weiss, chair of the Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology, which released the statement.
Asbestos opposition growing in Thailand, warns advocate: An anti-asbestos advocate warns that one of the countries that consumes the most asbestos in the world is seeing a growing resistance to the use of the mineral and that it could mean big problems for the Jeffrey Mine. In June, the Quebec government pledged $58 million to help reopen the mine, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships region, making it the only remaining asbestos mine in the country.
If even Thailand bans asbestos, why is Charest so adamant on selling it?: Ever wonder what it feels like to loan $58-million to an industry whose biggest clients don’t even want your product and are actively working to ban it? If so, then look no further than Jean Charest for a prime example of an ill-advised investment. Last June, the Quebec Liberals announced a $58-million loan to Mineral Fiber, the company that owns Jeffrey Mine, in order to resuscitate the (rightfully) dead asbestos industry.
Epidemiologists oppose reopening asbestos mine: Epidemiologists are usually a quiet, careful bunch. But three weeks after the Quebec government approved a $58-million loan to reopen and expand the only remaining asbestos mine in Canada, these public health experts and scientists have decided to speak out against a decision they say will create jobs in Quebec at the expense of lives in other countries. The science calls for a worldwide ban on the mining, export and use of asbestos – all kinds of asbestos – not the renewal of the industry.
Illinois Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Clean Air Act Violations Involving Asbestos: Duane “Butch” O’Malley, 59, of Bourbonnais, Ill., who was convicted by a federal jury on September 26, 2011, for the illegal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos from a Kankakee building in August 2009, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Federal District Court Judge Michael McCuskey. O’Malley was also ordered to pay restitution of $47,086 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to the clean-up of illegally disposed asbestos and ordered to pay a fine of $15,000. Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials. When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (1)
Asbestos detected, removal work in progress in Elliott Hall: Vinyl composition tile that tested positive for asbestos is being removed from Elliott Hall Building A. The renovation was ongoing as of press time. In an effort to maintain the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, the university works to identify, inspect and test all university buildings that have or may have asbestos-containing materials. Buildings constructed prior to 1980 may have asbestos-containing materials.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (2)
Council tenant’s fury at possible asbestos risk: A SOUTH LEAMINGTON man fears he and his family may have received a “death sentence” after asbestos was found in their flat – and then not removed for a further two years. David Haycock, 39, of Christine Ledger Square, is seeking reassurance that his family – and other residents in the ten-storey block – have not been exposed to the deadly fibres. Warwick District Council says asbestos was found in the block in 2010, but the risk was assessed as ‘medium’.
Payout plan for asbestos cancer: 2 days ago A move to make it easier for victims of asbestos-related cancer to claim compensation has been announced by the Government. Newly diagnosed victims of mesothelioma who developed the disease after being exposed at work will receive help through the new support scheme, Welfare Minister Lord Freud said. It is estimated that the £300 million scheme, funded by insurers, will help 3,000 victims over the next 10 years who are not able to claim compensation.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Algonquin works find asbestos and lead paint: Workers have found asbestos and lead paint in the Algonquin Hotel.(CBC) The new owners of the historic Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews say asbesos and lead paint were discovered during the hotel’s renovations. The iconic hotel has been shut down for two months as the older building undergoes a major face-lift. Guido Kerpel, the vice-president of Canadian operations for New Castle Hotels and Resorts, the new owners of the Algonquin, said that the asbestos was not a complete surprise.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (6)
Fines over Hebridean Princess asbestos exposure: The Hebridean Princess was being refurbished at the end of 2009 when workers were exposed to asbestos fibres A ship management firm and a tour operator have been fined after workers were exposed to asbestos fibres during refurbishment work on board a luxury cruise ship operating in Scotland. Andrew Weir Shipping and All Leisure Holidays were prosecuted after work was carried out on the Hebridean Princess.
Lynnfield asbestos removal co. owners plead guilty: The owners of a Lynnfield asbestos removal company have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in connection with the improper removal and disposal of asbestos for work performed on numerous public and private buildings in Lynn, Beverly and Marblehead, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Massachusetts Asbestos Violator Gets Prison Time: A man who once owned an asbestos abatement business in Lynn, Massachusetts will be spending the next 30 days behind bars because he failed to follow state and federal regulations when removing and disposing of the hazardous material.
Sheffield asbestos compensation bill over £700k: More than £700,000 has been paid out in compensation to former Sheffield Council employees exposed to asbestos in the past two years. The deadly substance was the cause of the highest number of cases settled in employers’ liability claims against the authority between 2010 and April this year. The majority of the exposure is reported to have taken place in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, when asbestos was still widely used in the UK. But the most recent incident of a council employee working with it was in 1991.
U.S. Government Accepts Responsibility with Settlement in Sunriver Owners Association Asbestos Case: A lawsuit filed by Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) against the United States has been settled with the government’s payment of almost $500,000 to cover the cost of investigation and remediation of asbestos-containing material discovered in the soil near the association’s former amphitheater and sledding hill.
Former Chrysler plant project manager charged with illegal asbestos practices: The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged a project manager overseeing removal of asbestos from a former Chrysler factory in Detroit with a felony for failing to remove the material safely. Hubert J. Bell, a project manager at One Accord Environmental Services Inc. in Detroit, was charged in a criminal complaint with failing to properly remove asbestos, a hazardous material, from a shuttered plant in late 2010 that was part of Chrysler’s American Motors Corp. subsidiary at 14250 Plymouth Road.
MISC. (3)
Memorial ride pushes for asbestos ban: Rob Cagle was diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 40 in October of 2005. At the time of his cancer diagnosis he was given eight months to live. Doctors were wrong — he died on Sept. 11, 2011, at the age of 46. “He died at home in my arms,” said his wife, Jill Cagle, who is planning a memorial ride to raise awareness and ban asbestos in his honor. “He was my soul mate — a very dedicated and loving husband, friend, father, son, brother, and most recently, a grandfather.
Utrecht asbestos scare: evacuation remains in force: It is still unclear when hundreds of people forced to leave their homes in Utrecht because of an asbestos scare will be able to return, news agency ANP said on Wednesday. Nor has housing corporation Mitros yet worked out how asbestos came to be released into the atmosphere during renovation work on two flats built in the 1960s, ANP said. Meanwhile Utrecht mayor Aleid Wolfsen is returning from holiday to take charge of the clean-up, Nos television reports.
Asbestos fears should be addressed: State air quality regulators should do more to reassure neighbors of the asphalt plant near Grimesdale that cancer-causing asbestos won’t enter the plant’s new process of recycling roof shingles. Grimesdale residents fought and lost their battle to keep a local paving company from building the plant next to their neighborhood back in 2001.

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