Asbestos in the News: Issue 29

Asbestos in the News: Issue 29
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 13 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (1)
ADAO Announces its 2013 Conference “The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment.”: The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has announced the dates of the 2013 ADAO Conference. The conference, titled “The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment” will be held March 22 -24, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The conference is open to the public and a discounted price is offered to patients, families, caregivers and students. Registration begins later this month. This year ADAO will offer several need-based scholarships to patients and families to cover the costs of registration. This is the first time in the conference’s nine-year history that the organization has been able to make this generous offer.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
Council approves funding for asbestos removal at elementary school: The Town Council on Tuesday voted to shift $110,000 of the $130,000 left over from a boiler replacement project at S.B. Butler Elementary School to finish the replacement of the asbestos floor tile at Mary Morrisson Elementary School.
Cancer deaths prompt Butte Hall fears: The recent deaths of two faculty members have raised concerns among faculty and staff members about Butte Hall’s air quality. Tami Harder Kilpatric, 51, died of colon cancer Sept. 16, according to the Butte County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office. Andrew Dick, 49, died of lung cancer May 16. Kilpatric, the administrative support coordinator for the political science department, and Dick, a sociology professor, worked on the top two floors of Butte Hall. The faculty and staff members in Butte Hall are generally concerned about air quality in the building following the cancer deaths, said Dean Fairbanks, professor and chair of the geography and planning department, in an email thread obtained by The Orion. “We are all intelligent people in this building, and we have to wonder about the air quality and any other links to these deaths,” Fairbanks said. It’s a known fact that Butte Hall has asbestos in it, but there is no reason to panic without proper data to show that the air quality could pose a threat to students and faculty, said Michael Coyle, a political science professor.
South Vigo auditorium closed after piece of ceiling falls, tests positive for asbestos: The Terre Haute South Vigo High School auditorium has been closed for about 1 1/2 weeks and will remain closed until after asbestos-containing acoustical ceiling is removed over fall break, Superintendent Dan Tanoos confirmed today. Late last month, a small piece of the original acoustical ceiling in the auditorium fell in the seating area and the auditorium was closed off. The piece that fell was sent away for testing and it did contain asbestos.
School audit of asbestos a $2.5m bungle: A WAITER, printer and retail sales manager, who had no qualifications in identifying hazardous materials, conducted asbestos audits in hundreds of NSW schools under a $2.5million government contract. In a damning report questioning the accuracy of the schools’ asbestos registry, the NSW Ombudsman has found the Department of Finance and Services was motivated by saving money instead of protecting public safety when it selected a cheap tender to do asbestos audits in 2335 schools four years ago. Deputy Ombudsman Chris Wheeler wrote in his report – a copy of which has been obtained by The Sunday Telegraph – that unrealistic timeframes in the contract meant surveyors would audit 4.5 school rooms every 10 minutes.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (2)
Novel blood-based protein signature determined for rare, aggressive lung cancer: Malignant mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of lung cancer that can develop after prolonged exposure to asbestos. Because early diagnosis is difficult, most patients face a poor prognosis and have few options for treatment. In the study, authors compared proteins in the blood of asbestos-exposed individuals without the disease to blood proteins in asbestos-exposed mesothelioma patients to identify 13 proteins that are linked to the disease, including in the early stages. According to the researchers, the discovery of the new blood-based proteins linked to the disease could help to develop better, less invasive diagnostic tests to detect the disease at earlier stages.
Asbestos blamed for former Navy man’s death: A former Royal Marine who worked in submarines in the 1940s has died from being exposed to asbestos, an inquest has heard today. Married Bradford man Terence Mangan, 81, had spent seven years from 1947 in the Royal Navy working in its submarines which were lagged with the deadly sustance – he was based on HMS Ceylon. Mr Mangan died on January 24 this year at Ashcroft Nursing Home, in Kelvin Way, Holme Wood. He was diagnosed in May 2011 with a lung disease which showed up asbestos fibres.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Cop Says Asbestos Still a Problem in Philly PAL Activity Center: Last year, Officer Paul Zenak received his first reprimand in his 21 years on the Philadelphia police force. But it wasn’t because he let the bad guy get away. Zenak got in trouble with his superiors because he was concerned about the presence of asbestos in a church that was being used as a Police Athletic League center and, as such, reported it to higher-ups, who told him there was no problem and rewarded him with the reprimand. The trouble started when Zenak spied exposed asbestos on 60 feet of pipe in a room that was frequented by children who came to enjoy the programs sponsored by PAL, held at the aging Wissinoming United Methodist Church. The officer took the matter into his own hands, sealing off the area and then notifying the church and his sergeant. Zenak knew about asbestos and its dangers. His uncle, a Philadelphia Gas Works employee, had died of mesothelioma a few years previous.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (5)
Asbestos suit blames 8 companies for man’s death: On behalf of the late Kenneth Gatlin, Carol Gatlin has filed an asbestos suit against eight companies, blaming the defendants for the man’s death. The suit was filed Sept. 27 in Jefferson County District Court. The defendants named in the suit include Cameron Iron Works, Cooper Industries, Chevron USA, Air Liquide America, Guard-Line, Triplex, Yarway Corp. and Santa Fe Braun Inc. According to the lawsuit, as a result of Kenneth Gatlin’s exposure to asbestos-containing products over his career, he contracted a serious and debilitating disease that took his life.
Contractor Fined for Faulty Asbestos Work at UMass Dartmouth: Stemming from a project at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus, a local company is fined over $10,000 for faulty asbestos work. The 2010 demolition project at UMass Dartmouth was managed and conducted by Commonwealth Tank of Wakefield, a tank removal company. The company was hired to remove a tank during the demolition project. According to a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) press statement, during a surprise inspection on the 24th of June, officials found damaged insulation. The DEP inspector conducted tests and it was determined that the insulation and caulking contained asbestos particles. During the surprise inspection, it was also noted that fallen concrete had damaged the asbestos-laden insulation, possibly releasing the toxin into the air.
Appeals Court Upholds Georgia-Pacific’s Share of $20 Million Asbestos Verdict: A Maryland appeals court has affirmed Georgia-Pacific’s portion of a $20 million asbestos verdict awarded to a woman who was exposed to asbestos from washing her grandfather’s dust-laden clothing for several months in the 1960s. In a Sept. 26 decision, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals found no error in the trial court’s decision determining that Georgia-Pacific had a duty to warn plaintiff Jocelyn Ann Farrar of dangers associated with indirect exposure from dust created at a construction site where Farrar’s grandfather worked.
Dunmore-based UGL considers $11.75M trust to settle asbestos-related claims: United Gilsonite Laboratories would contribute $11.75 million to a trust fund to settle asbestos-related claims, according to the company’s bankruptcy reorganization plan. The Dunmore-based manufacturer would provide $2 million and pledge $8 million more for a settlement fund, and the company’s shareholders would add $1.75 million, papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania show. UGL, which produces coatings, sealants and paints, cited the financial burden of asbestos-linked litigation when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March 2011. UGL wants the court to establish a trust fund with cash from the company and its insurers. Claimants would petition a court-appointed committee for payments.
OSHA May Fine Nassau Coliseum for Asbestos Violations: More than 6 months after employees of the Nassau Coliseum reported the presence of toxic asbestos at their workplace to inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), the agency has announced that the operators of the facility have now been cited for 16 violations regarding workplace health and safety standards, including many that involve asbestos. According to an Associated Press article, the owners of the New York’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – the arena’s official name – face some $88,000 in fines for the violations, which OSHA said caused employees at the site to suffer exposure to asbestos, which can cause various respiratory diseases. Some employees have already come forth claiming that the asbestos has caused the death of a number of co-workers from mesothelioma and other related cancers.

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