Asbestos in the News: Issue 77

Asbestos in the News: Issue 77
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 22 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Post-Sandy Soil Could Be Contaminated with Asbestos, Other Toxins (USA): New Jersey residents working in their gardens this summer have more to worry about than bugs, weeds, and wild animals eating their vegetables. Experts say the floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy transported billions of gallons of sewage to flooded areas, leaving behind toxins that range from petroleum to asbestos and everything in between.
Do-It-Yourself Home Renovators Urged to be Cautious Around Mesothelioma-Causing Asbestos (USA): Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and other respiratory diseases. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are entirely preventable by eliminating unsafe asbestos-handling practices. Although most home products today do not contain asbestos, until the 1970s, many types of building products and insulation materials used in home construction contained asbestos. So it’s not uncommon for older houses to have some asbestos. Common products include steam pipes and furnace ducts insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape, vinyl asbestos floor tiles, soundproofing or decorative material sprayed on walls or ceilings, and asbestos cement roofing shingles.
Asbestos information for flood-affected homeowners (CANADA): Homeowners need to be aware that houses built before the mid-1980s may contain asbestos materials. These materials include drywall mud, ceiling tiles, insulation and floor tiles. Remember that in many older homes, materials may have been replaced over the years through renovations and may be newer than the mid-1980s. New materials are not likely to contain asbestos. Identifying Asbestos The safest way to identify and remove asbestos materials is to hire an environmental consultant to assess the property, and have a qualified contractor remove any asbestos materials. Qualified contractors wear specialized personal protective equipment and have expert knowledge and techniques to avoid asbestos exposure.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (5)
Youngstown News, Asbestos costs revive talks on moving Mooney (USA): Bishop George V. Murry’s decision to keep Cardinal Mooney High School in the city isn’t a done deal. A Wednesday statement from the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown says that new information about the cost of asbestos remediation to the school building has prompted the bishop to review his June 4 decision to keep Mooney on Erie Street.
Asbestos Abatement Underway at CES (USA): An asbestos abatement project is currently underway at Clearwater Elementary School. Two crews, who are working for the same contractor, are removing asbestos from the kindergarten wing and from the office areas.
Cwmcarn High School asbestos removal starts at £1m cost (UK): Cwmcarn High School, in Caerphilly county, shut in October 2012 over fears that its 900 pupils were at risk. They have since been taught 12 miles (19km) away at Coleg Gwent’s Ebbw Vale campus, prompting parents’ protests. Caerphilly council is paying £1m to deal with the asbestos, with pupils expected back for the autumn term in September.
Asbestos removal underway at Allen Middle School (USA): Work is underway at Allen Middle School to remove asbestos exposed during building renovations. “This summer, we replaced old carpet in the media center, two computer labs and office areas. Since the carpet was older, the adhesive used when it was installed contained asbestos,” Gerald Greeson, maintenance director for Guilford County Schools, said in an emailed response to parents who have expressed concern about the work as well as questions from the News and Record. “Some areas also had older tiles under the carpet, which also contained asbestos.”
AJUSD updating asbestos-management plans after inquiries from parent (USA): The Apache Junction Unified School District expects to have updated hard copies of its asbestos-management plan at each of its schools by Wednesday, Aug. 7, the start of its 2013-14 school year.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (5)
Mesothelioma Report Suggests Clinical Trials Better Than Surgery (UK): Doctors in the Department of Respiratory medicine at York Teaching Hospital in the UK are taking a hard stance against the surgical treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. In a recent article in the journal Thorax, the group contends that the research surrounding mesothelioma surgery is largely flawed and that the majority of mesothelioma patients would be better served if their doctors suggested alternatives.
European Commission Grants Orphan Status to Mesothelioma Drug (EU): Once again the European Union has taken the lead in medical care by granting orphan status to a drug touted as bringing a new treatment option to patients with mesothelioma. On June 13, Verastem, Inc. announced its investigational drug VS-6063 received orphan medicinal product designation from the European Commission for use in mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Study Cites Risks & Benefits of Second Surgery (FRANCE): Peritoneal mesothelioma patients who have cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and heated chemotherapy can sometimes benefit from a second surgery, but it may be harder the second time around. Researchers in France have recently published their findings in a study of patients with mesothelioma and other peritoneal cancers who experienced recurrence after cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). Peritoneal mesothelioma is an asbestos-related malignancy that spreads across the peritoneum, the membrane that lines the abdomen. For patients who are healthy enough to undergo it, cytoreductive surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible, followed by a solution of heated chemotherapy drugs, has been shown to improve survival.
Breast Cancer Biomarker Might be the Key to Fighting Mesothelioma (USA): As researchers continue their quest to find new, effective treatments for lung cancer and mesothelioma, they are focusing more and more on specific genes or biomarkers. Targeting markers such Abcc10, VEGF and NEK2 has shown promise in the lab when seeking to kill aggressive lung cancer and mesothelioma tumors. Now, researchers report that one biomarker that is prominent in breast cancer could also be the key to fighting non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and possibly mesothelioma.
Shocking rise in asbestos cancer (UK): There has been an increase in deaths due to cancer caused by asbestos in Greater Manchester. Mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos is a fatal cancer of the pleura, the membrane surrounding the lung. Over the last five years, there has been a 55% increase of mesothelioma diagnosis in Grater Manchester with 138 people being diagnosed in 2012. Approximately 50,000 people have died from mesothelioma to date and it is expected that another 40,000 will have died from the cancer by 2050.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Asbestos at Columbia County Courthouse driving up costs (USA): The estimated $8 million renovation of the Columbia County Courthouse project is proceeding on time and it may even be close to the projected cost say the project manager and county officials, but the asbestos removal is far above what was planned.
Group to bishop: Remove asbestos in your church (PHILIPPINES): A group advocating the banning of asbestos on Monday advised Angeles City bishop to remove the asbestos in his church to prevent parishioners from being exposed to the cancerous substance. Alarmed by presence of asbestos, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines urged Angeles City Bishop Pablo Virfiolo David to remove cancerous asbestos in his church.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (3)
Firefighter Dad Exposed to Asbestos (USA): “I filed an asbestos claim with LawyersandSettlements because I believe everyone should know the risks our firefighters take,” says Sheri, whose fireman father (pictured) died of lung cancer. “I’m not looking for compensation – something should be done because even young firefighters are getting diagnosed with asbestosis and mesothelioma. “I really loved me dad so I guess I am also doing this for him,” says Sheri, crying. “Firefighters get cancer at twice the rate of everyone else. I know that these days they have better safety equipment than back in the day when my dad was a fireman, but asbestos could still be on their clothes. And they could still bring asbestos fibers home with them. I’ve done a lot of research online and all too often read about men in their 40s and 50s diagnosed with mesothelioma and asbestosis as a direct result of their job. What else could it be?”
Two Companies Fined More Than $60K for Asbestos Removal Violations at Tozer Road Building (USA): Two contractors have been fined a total of $64,200 for alleged improper removal of asbestos-containing floor tile from a Tozer Road building. The fine was issued to Columbia Construction Company of North Reading and USA Demolition Inc. of Woburn by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Hardie slugged with more asbestos claims (AUSTRALIA): James Hardie will be forced to pay more than $100 million extra for asbestos victims after being hit by more claims than expected in the past 12 months.
MISC. (4)
First responders fear asbestos exposure at deadly building collapse site (USA): Three weeks after a deadly building collapse in Philadelphia, first responders are worried about their health. They want to know if there was asbestos in the building when it collapsed at 22nd and Market Streets on June 5.
Second Crisis Meeting over Unsafe Asbestos Practice (AUSTRALIA): There are concerns over Telstra contractors for putting the lives of workers and public at risk because of employing unsafe asbestos practices, when the National Broadband Network roll-out resumes. Telstra chief risk officer Kate Hughes spoke after a second crisis meeting between the federal government and relevant stakeholders in Ballarat on Saturday. She said that contractors including Davcom, ABC Civil Group and Decon may be continuing the practice in a bid to prepare telecommunication pits in readiness for NBN cables.
New asbestos removal audit (AUSTRALIA): The ACT government is reviewing records of asbestos removal across homes in the ACT from the mid-1980s as it spends $2 million completely deconstructing and removing a home in Downer that was missed during the screening. It is the fourth home found to contain asbestos insulation since the federal government spent nearly $100 million cleaning 1000 homes in the ACT in the infamous ”Mr Fluffy” loose asbestos insulation saga. Installed in the 1960s and ’70s, Mr Fluffy’s amosite asbestos fibres are now known to be one of the most dangerous forms of asbestos.
Naturally-occurring Asbestos Causes Concern in Washington State: In the western U.S., naturally-occurring asbestos isn’t unusual and it usually doesn’t present a problem. But in northeastern Washington, not far from the city of Bellingham, residents are concerned because asbestos from a nearby mountain is washing into a creek below, causing worry about contamination. According to an article in the Bellingham Herald, a slowly moving landslide on Sumas Mountain in the town of Nooksack, Washington could represent a health risk, with microscopic asbestos fibers making their way into Swift Creek below, which runs into the Sumas River. That fact, say health officials, means something needs to be done to keep the creek clean.

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