Asbestos in the News: Issue 78

Asbestos in the News: Issue 78
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)
Asbestos concerns put halt to work at Boundary Dam power plant rebuild (CANADA): A portion of the Boundary Dam power station in Estevan has been closed over concern about a potential asbestos leak.
Call For Govt To Stop Ignoring Dangers Of Asbestos (UK): Construction union UCATT are calling on the Government to stop ignoring the dangers caused by asbestos.
Asbestos Exposure Not Limited to Heavy Industry (USA): When it takes decades for asbestosis to appear and an employee to file an asbestosis lawsuit, it can be difficult to know which employers or suppliers were primarily responsible for the plaintiff’s asbestos exposure. This is particularly true if the employee worked in an industry where exposure to asbestos is routine. But a study by one economic consultant suggests that it is not just people who work in heavy industries who are exposed to asbestos.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (7)
Asbestos Removal At Berlin School (USA): Asbestos will be removed this summer from the high school as part of a $70 million renovation of that 1960s facility.
Asbestos removal underway at some Guilford County Schools (USA): A handful of Guilford County schools are part of an extensive asbestos removal project this summer. “We have approximately 91 schools that contain asbestos in some form or another,” explained GCS Project Manager Ernest King.
School board on asbestos warpath (CANADA): Trillium Lakelands District School Board has big asbestos removal plans for the summer. “Every asbestos tile in Monck is coming out,” said Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Trillium Lakelands local vice-president Kevin Adams, who sits on the board’s joint health and safety committee. “That will be a huge endeavour.”
Asbestos found at controversial Kensington Academy and Leisure Centre development (UK): ASBESTOS has halted building works to the controversial Kensington Academy and Leisure Centre development this week.
Fears of asbestos hazard in Welsh schools (WALES): A CAMPAIGN claimed yesterday that children in Wales are more at risk to exposure of asbestos in schools, than in England.
Company performs asbestos testing on Bueker annex (USA): The BMS annex is in its last days as the Marshall School District board of education plans to tear down the structure soon due to concerns of age, mold and asbestos.
School District Flags 30 Schools For Asbestos Removal (USA): Work is underway in the Guilford County Schools to remove asbestos in 30 of the 91 school buildings the district has identified as having the dangerous mineral.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (6)
Researchers’ Focus on Protein May Identify Cause of Chemo-Resistance in Mesothelioma (AUSTRALIA): The resistance of pleural mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused pulmonary cancer, to many cancer treatments is due to its apoptotic defect, which prevents the medicines from killing the cancer cells allowing them to run rampant. The p53 protein has been gaining relevance among researchers as the key to killing cancer cells. Last month Australian researchers dug deeper into the protein and believe it plays a larger role than previously thought. Now, another group of researchers believe that when p53 is combined with another protein, chemotherapy is allowed to do its job.
Researchers’ Focus on Protein May Identify Cause of Chemo-Resistance in Mesothelioma (CANADA): The resistance of pleural mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused pulmonary cancer, to many cancer treatments is due to its apoptotic defect, which prevents the medicines from killing the cancer cells allowing them to run rampant. The p53 protein has been gaining relevance among researchers as the key to killing cancer cells. Last month Australian researchers dug deeper into the protein and believe it plays a larger role than previously thought. Now, another group of researchers believe that when p53 is combined with another protein, chemotherapy is allowed to do its job.
P/D for Mesothelioma: Are the Studies Accurate? (AUSTRALIA): A new analysis of pleurectomy/decortication suggests that the most radical form of the surgery produces the best results for mesothelioma patients, but also carries the greatest risk. Pleurectomy/decortication or P/D involves the removal of the pleural lining where malignant mesothelioma grows. Removing all or part of the lining frees up the lungs to expand again, relieving life-limited mesothelioma symptoms such as shortness of breath.
New Prognostic Factor in Peritoneal Mesothelioma (CANADA): Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare form of mesothelioma that attacks the membrane that lines the abdomen and surrounds internal organs. The outlook for this rare malignancy, which affects fewer than 500 Americans annually, has been improved by the treatment combination of cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). The combination has produced 5-year overall survival rates ranging from 29% to 63%.
Scientists work on new mesothelioma treatment (AUSTRALIA): Adelaide scientists are developing a new treatment for an aggressive asbestos-related lung cancer.
Back Pain Turns Out to Be Pleural Mesothelioma for British Man (UK): Jonathan Fletcher decided it was time to give up the stress and rat race of the corporate world so he opened his own ice cream business. Now, he spends his days serving ice cream at weddings, birthday parties and other events creating a fun atmosphere of bygone days with vintage ice cream tricycles and gramophones. Unfortunately, stress just came rushing back into Jonathan’s life when he learned that the back pain his father has been suffering for six months is actually stage IV pleural mesothelioma.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Asbestos scare closes Alice library (AUSTRALIA): The Alice Springs Library has been closed after an asbestos scare.
Are residents adequately protected from asbestos? (USA): The Maui News reported on an asbestos claim at Hale Mahaolu Lahaina Surf. It was reported that “around 88 percent of the 112 living units have asbestos.” Lahaina Surf is one of the few apartment complexes that families and seniors can reside in comfortably without paying an exorbitant amount of rent.
City Officials Conduct Tests For Possible Asbestos Contamination At Police Facility (USA): City officials say final results are expected Thursday on tests for possible asbestos contamination at Philadelphia Police Accident Investigation Headquarters at 26th and Master Streets in North Philadelphia.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (8)
Asbestos fines for Brummie builders (UK): Two self-employed builders from Birmingham have been sentenced for exposing householders, as well as themselves, to asbestos.
Campaigners want asbestos bill changed (UK): A CAMPAIGN group is demanding that a government bill is tightened up. Members of Hampshire Asbestos Support and Awareness Group met at the Queen’s Hotel in Southsea to talk about the Mesothelioma Bill which is passing through parliament.
Family fight for answers (UK): Relatives of a steelworker who died of an asbestos-related cancer are appealing for his former colleagues to provide them with information about the conditions he used to work in.
Asbestos plan refused in Victoria (AUSTRALIA): BALLARAT residents exposed to deadly asbestos materials during the National Broadband Network roll-out are shocked by the state governments refusal of federal plans designed to get rid of asbestos. The Napthine government confirmed yesterday that it was the only state to not participate in the federal government strategy to remove asbestos material from all public buildings by 2030.
Asbestos firms not responsible for family exposure (USA): An asbestos company is not liable for an illness suffered by a woman who became exposed to the hazardous material while doing her grandfather’s laundry in the 1960s, Maryland’s highest court ruled Monday. The Court of Appeals ruled that Georgia-Pacific Corp. was not obligated to warn relatives of the dangers of asbestos in the 1960s. The court says the hazard was not sufficiently known until federal regulations were issued in 1972 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Man names 154 defendants in asbestos suit (USA): A St. Albans man is suing 154 companies he claims are responsible for his lung cancer diagnosis. Richard P. Wade was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2012, according to a complaint filed June 14 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Wade claims the 154 defendants caused his lung injury. The defendants exposed Wade to asbestos and/or asbestos-containing products during his employment, according to the suit.
Garlock, Asbestos Creditors Gear Up for Liability Trial (USA): Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC will argue at an upcoming trial that it owes no more than $125 million in asbestos liabilities, though personal-injury claimants say that number is closer to $1.3 billion.
Myrtle Beach condo tower renovation leads to criminal charges over asbestos pollution (USA): Renovation of the oceanfront Regency Towers condominium building here has led to criminal charges against a Little River man accused of knowingly creating a health risk for workers and residents and letting friable asbestos blow onto the beach, the building’s landscaped areas and its parking lot, according to an indictment in federal court.
MISC. (3)
Queanbeyan still left with asbestos mess (AUSTRALIA): More than 10 years after a $100 million clean up of asbestos was completed in the ACT, it is still an issue in Queanbeyan.
Telstra resumes work after asbestos scare (AUSTRALIA): TELSTRA is resuming work in some NSW telecommunication pits after an asbestos scare at National Broadband Network (NBN) sites halted all operations last month.
Troy landfill not contaminated with asbestos (USA): Federal officials assured Lincoln County Commissioners on Wednesday that they would soon have a letter confirming that a large pile of wood in Troy is not contaminated with asbestos.

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