Asbestos in the News: Issue 71

Asbestos in the News: Issue 71
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 19 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
House Judiciary Committee Passes Asbestos Trust Transparency Bill: A bill that would require more transparency on the part of asbestos trusts was passed by the House Judiciary Committee this week, paving the way for legislation that would require asbestos personal injury settlement trusts authorized by federal bankruptcy courts to disclose information on their claims each quarter and to respond to information requests from parties to asbestos litigation.
Oklahoma Tornado Destruction Unleashes Potentially Lethal Toxins Including Asbestos into the Environment: A record-setting tornado devastated Oklahoma on Monday leaving widespread destruction and is responsible for at least 24 deaths. However, the aftermath of the incredible storm may prove to be just as dangerous to area residents, first responders and clean up volunteers. Lethal materials including asbestos and lead lie uncovered amongst the debris, and unsuspecting clean up volunteers or any one who comes into contact with the rubble, may be exposed.
The new Mesothelioma Bill: Does it do the victims justice?: The Queen’s annual speech, where she summarises the Government’s objectives for the year, recently highlighted the issue of Mesothelioma and introduced a Bill to combat it. An in-depth analysis of the Bill and its aims can be found in Jenny Garsden’s blog post from 19 April 2013. Essentially, the Mesothelioma Bill will enable those who have suffered from lung cancers as a result of asbestos exposure to obtain compensation, even if the appropriate insurer or liable employer cannot be found.
Jarrow MP claims Mesothelioma Bill would deny hundreds justice: Hundreds of mesothelioma victims will be denied justice under new legislation, it is claimed. The Mesothelioma Bill, which had its second reading in Parliament, was designed to make it easier for people with the killer asbestos cancer to get compensation. But the TUC Northern Asbestos Support and Campaign Group in Wallsend said it will leave out many people while short-changing others.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (2)
Torfaen reveals schools with asbestos: LIST of 32 school buildings containing asbestos has been revealed by Torfaen council. The council has posted the list on its website, detailing which schools contain asbestos, and the plans that are in place to ensure it is managed correctly.
Retford: Man in court on school asbestos charges: A South Leverton man has admitted a dozen charges relating to the removal of asbestos at a former Retford school.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (5)
Exposure to asbestos caused death: A MAN who was hoping to move to Australia to be with his grandchildren died of a disease linked with asbestos exposure. Dennis Grainger, 83, moved to Upper Beeding last year to live with his son, an inquest heard on Tuesday. He was planning to emigrate but he fell ill and was taken to Worthing Hospital in March.
Riverside residents living on “death row”: Residents in the Riverside area of Driffield fear they are living on death row because land near their homes is polluted by toxic waste and asbestos. Repeated calls for action to clear up the site over the past three years have fallen on deaf ears, according to town councillor Kevin Stack.
Mesothelioma Survivor Finds “Adrenaline Rush” Can be Managed with Medication: Those suffering from mesothelioma may encounter a strange phenomenon once in a while which I can only call an “adrenaline rush.” It has happened to me quite regularly over the years and recently when I posted about it on Facebook I was quite surprised that a few others have experienced it too.
New Serum Marker Could Improve Mesothelioma Diagnosis: Japanese researchers believe they have found a way to diagnose a rare form of mesothelioma earlier using a simple blood test. Diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (DMPM), which represents about a fourth of all mesothelioma cases, is an aggressive malignancy that spreads across the lining of the abdomen. In most cases, DMPM is lethal within a year.
Mesothelioma Surgeons Report New Biopsy Technique: A team of surgeons in Maryland have demonstrated how using a standard biopsy tool in a new way could improve the biopsy process for certain mesothelioma patients. An aggressive cancer of the pleural lining around the lungs, malignant pleural mesothelioma usually requires a tissue biopsy to make a definitive diagnosis. Often this is done using a rigid tool called a thoracoscope inserted into the chest wall while the patient is under general anesthesia. However, mesothelioma doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center detail the case of a 79-year-old suspected mesothelioma patient whose biopsy was done in a minimally-invasive way, under conscious sedation, thanks to the novel use of a standard tool.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Horror movie right here in the CBD: THE owner of Piccadilly Cinemas has branded the heritage-listed building “totally unsafe” after two ceiling collapses that “narrowly missed the customers.” But operator Cyril Watson, who is in dispute with the building’s owner, has refused to shut the doors on the business, which has also been ordered by WorkSafe to undertake a risk assessment on its “flaking” asbestos roof.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (5)
Compliance notices issued over asbestos: A total of 74 compliance notices have been issued to 11 licensed asbestos removers as a result of a joint audit by SafeWork SA and the Environment Protection Authority. The notices order improvements on matters including asbestos removal plans, safe storage and testing of respiratory equipment.
Asbestos mismanagement costs company £80,000: A decorating company has had to pay out more than £80,000 after exposing staff and members of the public to potentially fatal asbestos material. MJC Decorating and Refurbishing of Sutton, south London, was fined a total of £45,000 and ordered to pay £36,943 in costs after pleading guilty to three breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.
U.S. Chamber Applauds House Judiciary Committee Passage of Asbestos Trust Transparency Bill: Harold Kim, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today applauding the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013” (H.R. 982). The legislation would require asbestos personal injury settlement trusts authorized by federal bankruptcy law to disclose information on their claims on a quarterly basis and respond to information requests from parties to asbestos litigation.
Legislation ignores justice for vets, citizens: Honoring and protecting Wisconsin’s veterans should always be a shared value among Wisconsin legislators, regardless of party. As a veteran, I’ve seen firsthand the sacrifices these brave men and women make every day to serve our country and keep us safe. That is why I am so troubled by the actions of my Republican colleagues in the state Assembly who knowingly voted to take vital protection away from veterans. After hearing moving testimony from veterans, they decided to make it more difficult for patients, including veterans, who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma to get justice after they have been exposed to asbestos.
Trio Pleads No Contest in Asbestos Criminal Case: A trio of executives from the Merced, California-based non-profit known as Firm Build have pleaded no contest in regards to the charges filed against them outlining their use of unsuspecting high school kids to remove asbestos from a decaying building. According to the Merced Sun-Star, the three men – Rudy Buendia III, 50, Patrick Bowman, 46, and Joseph Cuellar, 73 – pleaded no contest to “felony treating, handling or disposing of asbestos in a manner which caused an unreasonable risk of serious injury to the nine students, with knowing or reckless disregard for the risk.” The men also pleaded no contest to other non-related felony charges.
MISC. (2)
Why Would We Dishonor Veterans’ Injury Claims & Invade Their Privacy?: The asbestos issue is important to veterans because although they comprise only 8% of the US population, they account for nearly 30% of all mesothelioma deaths nationally. If you served in the U.S. Navy before the mid-1970’s, you were likely exposed to asbestos aboard a ship. During and after World War II, asbestos use in Navy ships and other armed forces applications greatly expanded as the asbestos manufacturing companies began producing more products and infrastructure for the U.S. Navy and the building of its ships. This caused hundreds of thousands of workers and sailors to be unknowingly exposed to dangerous asbestos dust in the cutting and manipulation of insulation products. As a result, many of those men and women contracted an asbestos-related disease decades later.
Cassiar, an Asbestos Mining Company Town 1960: Cassiar was a small company-owned asbestos mining town located in the Cassiar Mountains of Northern British Columbia in western Canada. After forty years of operation, starting in 1952, the mine was unexpectedly forced to close in 1992.

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