Asbestos in the News: Issue 82

Asbestos in the News: Issue 82
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 24 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Thousands of Americans Dying from Asbestos Disease Each Year: Each year, an estimated 10,000 Americans die from asbestos-related disease: 3,000 from mesothelioma, 5,000 from lung cancer, and 2,000 from other cancers or respiratory diseases. Between 2000 and 2010, 43,464 Americans died from mesothelioma and asbestosis— just two of the leading asbestos-caused diseases. “One life lost to a preventable asbestos-caused disease is tragic,” President and Co-Founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), Linda Reinstein said in a statement. “Hundreds of thousands of lives lost is unconscionable.”
Man killed by asbestos dust exposure for just ‘two to three days’: Coroner Edward Thomas recorded a verdict of industrial disease as the cause of death of Welwyn resident Roger Beale. The inquest, at the Old Courthouse, in Hatfield, on Wednesday, heard Mr Beale, of Ayot St Peter, began complaining of breathlessness while climbing up the stairs and a chest X-ray was taken.
Asbestos Awareness Organization President to Testify Before Senate: Linda Reinstein, president of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), will testify in Washington, D.C. this week, hoping to help convince members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works that the proposed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is flawed.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (1)
Asbestos Found In New Rochelle School Building: Asbestos has been found in the floor tiles of George M. Davis Elementary School, the New Rochelle School District announced yesterday.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (6)
Australian Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Brings a Cure One Step Closer to Reality: An announcement made last week has the mesothelioma community abuzz over a clinical trial that brings the possibility of a cure one step closer to reality. Due to a surprise donation of $1.2M, the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute of Australia has fast-tracked the trial for a drug that could “stop mesothelioma tumors in their tracks.”
Latest Reseaerch Uncovering Potential New Treatment for Mesothelioma: Researchers from the New York University Langone Medical Center have uncovered a potential new therapeutic target and possible diagnostic tool in the ongoing battle against malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Often Presents Itself As Pain And Swelling In The Abdomen: Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare variant of mesothelioma, with about 500 cases in the United States per year. Often the presenting symptoms are abdominal distension and increasing abdominal girth, abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea, anorexia and weight loss. Sometimes a bowel obstruction can indicate advanced disease.
Scientists Test New Skin Delivery for Mesothelioma Drug: Researchers at Griffith University are working on a new kind of mesothelioma treatment – one that could be delivered through the skin.
NYU Langone Researchers Identify Biomarker to Target for New Mesothelioma Treatment: Internationally renowned mesothelioma expert Dr. Harvey Pass has dedicated his career to the treatment, research and advocacy of mesothelioma. He knows that the key to finding a new, effective treatment for mesothelioma requires extensive research focusing on specific genetic characteristics of the disease.
Annual CT Scan Recommended for Heavy Smokers By Preventive Task Force : In an updated recommendation, the United States Preventive Services Task Force is now urging heavy smokersto receive an annual CT or CAT scan in an effort to diagnose lung cancer early. Though this change to medical standards has been met with approval from the medical community, some health advocates are pushing for a wider scope of at-risk individuals to include those exposed to asbestos and with a family history of lung cancers.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Mum-of-two’s asbestos fear: Lisa-Marie Bevan, who has lived in Coldwell Lane, King’s Stanley since October 2009, discovered a leak in the roof and subsequent damage to the ceiling in August 2011, however it was not until May this year that SDC arranged to fix the damage. Due to ceiling damage, Miss Bevan was also concerned that her family could have been exposed to asbestos during the 18 months.
Asbestos Found Inside High-rise for Seniors, Disabled: Officials at an apartment high-rise in Luzerne County said elderly and disabled residents were forced to stay in motel rooms or other apartments in the building, as crews worked to remove asbestos.
Condo Dwellers in Atlantic City Worried about Asbestos Exposure: The resident association for a condominium development in the New Jersey resort town of Atlantic City is urging its residents to leave while the apartment complex next door is being demolished. The main reason for the concern? Asbestos, says association officials.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (10)
Debtors’ in asbestos bankruptcy case appeal estimation decision to Third Circuit: It took months for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Judith Fitzgerald to determine the present and future asbestos liabilities of certain bankrupt companies that formerly dealt in products containing the fiber. But then came Fitzgerald’s 50-page May 20 memorandum opinion in which the Delaware-based jurist estimated the liabilities of Specialty Products Holding Corp. and Bondex International to be in the neighborhood of $1.1 billion, many millions of dollars higher than what the debtors contended the true figure to be.
Lawyer warns more asbestos legal action possible: A lawyer specialising in asbestos cases says authorities can expect legal action if they do not act immediately to reduce the risk of exposure in Aboriginal communities.
Two Men Dump Asbestos-Contaminated Material into NY River: Two men were convicted of dumping thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated material at a piece of land located on the Mohawk River in upstate New York. The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that Donald Torriero and Julius DeSimone were sentenced in federal court in Utica, NY on Friday for conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act, the Superfund statute, wire fraud, and to defrauding the United States.
Townsville nuns going to court in bid to have asbestos-riddled convent demolished: A GROUP of Townsville nuns is going to court in a bid to have their convent knocked down.
The St Patrick’s College convent, built around 1883 and believed to be the oldest of its kind in Queensland, is riddled with asbestos and has been labelled “structurally unsound” by engineers.
Blackwood man sues Newport council over asbestos claim: A WIDOWER is suing for more than £300,000 over the death of his wife. Brian Butcher, of Woodfieldside, Blackwood, is claiming more than £300,000 and a personal injury claim of more than £1,000 from Newport council, which took over responsibility for administering claims against the now defunct Gwent County Council.
JP Contractor Faces Fine for Asbestos Violations in Worcester: During a state inspection in 2012, employees of a Jamaica Plain contractor were observed mishandling the removal of asbestos-containing shingles from a residence in Worcester. The contractor now faces a financial penalty.
Massachusetts Contractor Fined for Asbestos Violations at Power Plant: Though strict guidelines for asbestos use in the U.S. have been in place since the late 1970s, millions of structures in the country still contain building products that were manufactured using asbestos. America’s power plants, where machinery and other equipment operate at high temperatures, are among the jobsites where asbestos is still most often found. So when a Haverhill, Mass.-based contractor was hired to perform work at a power plant in Fitchburg, they should have been ready to face the inevitable.
Asbestosis Plaintiff Seeks $1.75 Million in Asbestos Lawsuit: Not that anyone is keeping score, but sometimes with an asbestos lawsuit, the more, the merrier. In this case, no fewer than 23 potential defendants in a lawsuit that seeks $1.75 million in damages. That’s the degree of injustice a plaintiff who claims he was exposed to asbestos over a 32-year period feels is involved in the case.
Pair pay up for asbestos scam: TWO men have been ordered to pay thousands of pounds for dumping asbestos in part of Thurrock. David Tuffen and Nigel Hickman were part of an illegal asbestos dumping scam, leaving the deadly material in car parks.
Sentencing Forthcoming in Toledo Asbestos Dumping Case: Sentencing for a Toledo, Ohio man who pleaded guilty to dumping bags of hazardous friable asbestos throughout the city will occur at the end of November, reports an article in The Toledo Blade. Last week, John J. Mayer, age 52, admitted his guilt in a federal courtroom, confirming that he instructed his co-defendant, Timothy Bayes, to drive around the city and dump a total of 82 trash bags at various locations around Toledo. The bags were later located at three different sites in East and North Toledo and eventually linked to Mayer and a renovation/demolition operation he was conducting.
MISC. (1)
Asbestos clean up to blame for NBN delays, says Anthony Albanese: Delays in building the national broadband network can be blamed on work stoppages to clean up asbestos, Broadband Minister Anthony Albanese said.

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