Asbestos in the News: Issue 40

Asbestos in the News: Issue 40
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 16 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (2)
Asbestos ‘jeopardises millions’: Unless the asbestos industry is shut down worldwide, hundreds of millions of workers in developing countries will be struck with disease, a union forum has heard. As part of asbestos awareness week Larry Stoffman, a Canadian anti-asbestos campaigner, is touring Australia speaking to various unions to thank them for their support and urge them to continue fighting against use of the deadly material.
ADAO Announces 2013 International Asbestos Awareness Conference Keynote Speakers and Honorees: The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) announced its keynote speakers and honorees for the upcoming Ninth Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, titled The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment. The conference will be held March 22-24, 2013, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. More than 30 renowned medical experts and asbestos victims from five countries will speak on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy. The conference will also include an Awards and Recognition Dinner and a Unity and Remembrance Brunch, as well as a private lunch and U.S. Capitol tour for victims and their families.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (1)
Feud over asbestos in Rawlins school demolition could head to court: A stop-work order has left a pile of asbestos-laced rubble at the site of a former elementary school and delayed the demolition of another vacant elementary school, both in Rawlins. Meanwhile, accusations continue to fly. The increasingly impatient Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality doesn’t care who says what about whom. Spokesman Keith Guille said the asbestos should have been properly removed by May.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (4)
Study Finds Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Reduce Cancer Deaths: Cancer patients who are taking common cholesterol-lowering medications at the time of diagnosis have a significantly lower risk of dying, according to a nationwide study in Denmark. The findings have offered a glimmer of hope to patients with mesothelioma, a rare cancer that lacks effective treatment options. Mesothelioma, diagnosed in an estimated 3,000 Americans a year, is caused almost exclusively by an exposure to asbestos.
Increased Rate of Mesothelioma Detected Near Former PA Asbestos Factory: Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to document how people were affected by asbestos exposure who lived near an asbestos factory in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Exposure to asbestos dust is linked to serious respiratory diseases including lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has identified an increase in the rate of mesothelioma around Ambler, where an asbestos factory operated for decades, according to a Penn Medicine news release this month. Ambler is just north of Philadelphia.
‘It was like a sentence had been passed. Now I just have to wait’: FOR 72-year-old Alan Watson his diagnosis is a death sentence, passed down on him for his choice of job early in his life. At the age of just 15, he started working at Derby’s Locomotive Works. He worked as an office boy and had to pass through the shop floors, where the huge steam engines were being stripped down. It was only a few short years but it may have sealed his fate. In that time, he was repeatedly exposed to asbestos, breathing it in as he passed the great locomotives being taken apart and worked on in the yards. Back then, though, he had no idea that what he was breathing in was poison, which would cause him such serious health problems so many years later.
Gosford Council warns homeowners to check for asbestos: Council has warned local homeowners not to play “renovation roulette” by failing to check carefully for deadly asbestos. Asbestos Awareness Week started on Monday and the council joined the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute in a national campaign to stop a new epidemic of asbestos-related diseases caused by inhaling asbestos fibres while renovating homes. Gosford mayor Lawrie McKinna said Australia had one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world. “With almost every home built or renovated before the mid-1980s likely to contain asbestos in one form or another, the third wave of people affected by mesothelioma, one of the asbestos-related diseases, has recently become evident and will continue to rise unless we all start taking seriously the dangers of asbestos when renovating or maintaining our homes,” he said.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Oswego Social Services offices temporarily relocating for asbestos abatement: Earlier this week, the Oswego County Department of Social Services in Upstate NY announced that it would be moving out of its current location for approximately 6 months while contractors deal with the removal of hazardous asbestos. According to a local television news report, asbestos abatement at the department’s headquarters in Mexico, New York should be completed by May 2013. In the meantime, the Social Services offices will move to the location of the former Cayuga Community College in the nearby town of Fulton.
Asbestos project closes Madison library for about two weeks: The Madison Public Library at 39 Keep St. is out of action for about two weeks due to an asbestos abatement project that began Monday, Nov. 26.
Asbestos to Blame for Unexpected Costs for Historic Colorado City Hall: At the outset of the project, estimates for renovating the historic City Hall of Pueblo City, Colorado hovered around the $4.5 million mark. The original budget of $4.5 million was proposed and approved in the summer of 2010, and now, more than two years into the project, the renovation costs are skyrocketing. Currently, the estimated total for the Pueblo City City Hall project is around $6.7 million, and city officials are concerned that since the renovations are nowhere near completion, that number is going to continue to climb. Phase 2 of the renovation project, already projected to be over budget, has yet to begin.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (4)
Scott Depot couple names 28 defendants in asbestos suit: A Scott Depot couple is suing 28 companies they claim are responsible for a lung cancer diagnosis. Allen Johnson claims he was exposed to large quantities of asbestos-containing products during his career and was diagnosed with lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases, in a lawsuit filed Nov. 16 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Johnson and his wife, Janet Canterbury Johnson, claim the defendants required Allen Johnson to handle products containing asbestos and exposed him to other asbestos products present in the workplace.
Swampscott demolition company ordered to pay $100,000 in civil penalties after improper asbestos removal: A demolition company from Swampscott has been ordered to pay the Commonwealth $100,000 in civil penalties for the alleged improper removal and disposal of asbestos-containing waste at locations throughout eastern Massachusetts, including the Hook Lobster Company building on the Boston waterfront, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
Recycling Company Fined in Forster Mill Asbestos Debacle: Earlier this year, the Department of Environmental Protection dubbed the former Forster Mill in Wilton, Maine among the worst asbestos sites they’ve seen in several decades. Though the mill is now cleaned up and safe, one player who had a hand in this environmental hazard was fined this week for his role in the disaster, reports an article in the Morning Sentinel. According to the article, Adam Mack, the owner of Wilton Recycling and also the owner of the mill, will pay $7500 for botched demolition work performed by Downeast Construction, a local company hired by Mack. Though Mack’s company did not perform the demolition of its own, as the owner he was held responsible for the actions of his subcontractor, who has already been fined in excess of $150,000 by the state’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) for their role in the debacle.
The Mesothelioma Law Firm of Baron and Budd Announces a $9 million Verdict for Dow Chemical Worker and His Family: The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd announced a $9 million verdict today for a Dow Chemical worker and his family. The mesothelioma lawsuit was on behalf of Robert Henderson, now deceased, his wife Tanya Henderson and daughters Adrienna and Za’Quoia. (Henderson v. Dow Chemical Co., Dallas County District Court, No. 10-07003).
MISC. (2)
The battle to end Canada’s asbestos industry: recent dramatic events: The past few months have been a dramatic roller coaster ride in the battle to stop the revival of Canada’s asbestos industry. If there is a lesson to be learned, it is NEVER to give up hope and NEVER to stop fighting for health and justice, even when the battle seems lost!
Fitch says asbestos reserve deficiency continues for U.S. insurance industry: Fitch Ratings estimates industry asbestos reserves to be deficient by $2 billion to $8 billion at year-end 2011. Asbestos reserves make up approximately 4% of total property/casualty industry reserves with approximately 50% of reserves concentrated in five insurers.

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