Asbestos in the News: Issue 84

Asbestos in the News: Issue 84
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 38 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (5)
Daughters of the Dust: The Changing Face of Mesothelioma: As a young girl growing up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Heather Von St. James loved wearing her Daddy’s work coat, the type that she could wrap her whole body inside. It was one of those large construction jackets and was often covered with white flecks of dust. There was something about wearing it that made her feel closer to him, as if he was enveloping her instead of four pounds of nylon. Whenever she had chores outside––whether to feed her rabbits or fetch the mail––she would slip it on and head out to brave the bitter northern cold.
Hurricane Sandy First Responders Tested: First responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation are being screened for respiratory illnesses resulting from exposure to toxic compounds including asbestos. Hurricane Sandy destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes and businesses on the Eastern seaboard when it struck on October 29, 2012. Many of those structures were old enough to contain asbestos, and this poses a significant danger to clean-up and remediation crews, as well as homeowners who may attempt repairs on their own.
Article Shows Staggering Number of Years Lost to Asbestosis and Mesothelioma: A new report on asbestosis and mesothelioma suggests that a staggering number of years of life are lost to asbestosis lung disease and mesothelioma. The study, using information from the World Health Organization, was undertaken to estimate the global burden of mesothelioma and asbestosis disease.
Asbestos disease ‘like gun to head’: A former Dundee painter struck down with an asbestos illness said it’s like living with a “gun to your head”.
Is There a Reasonable Exit Strategy for the EPA in Asbestos-Riddled Libby?: The presence of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Libby, Montana – a community ravaged by the asbestos mining industry – has been continuous. Though, it appears, the EPA is making some considerable progress towards pulling out of the damaged town as it has been revealed that three crucial studies – that will determine how the agency moves forward in Libby – will be completed in 2014.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (10)
District: Asbestos Removal at Sicomac School ‘Routine Work’: School officials assured the public Monday night that a project to remove asbestos from the boiler room at Sicomac Elementary School is a common procedure in district schools that posed no health risk to students.
Coolidge parents raise questions about relocation, asbestos: Casey O’Dell was looking forward to having her second-grade son, Cayden Shade, watch out for his kindergarten-aged sister, Emma Gage, at Calvin Coolidge Elementary School this fall.
Asbestos removal at Wyckoff school is annual project: Asbestos removal in the boiler room at Sicomac School in Wyckoff was performed in mid August in preparation for the installation of new boilers in 2014, according to Superintendent of Schools Richard Kuder. Signs posted on the door are required by law.
Asbestos testing, cleanup underway at Selah school: With classes at the Selah School District starting next week, John Campbell Elementary School is undergoing cleanup and testing for asbestos after small traces were detected earlier in the summer.
Workers Worried about Asbestos in Old Fort Myers School: An electrician working inside the nearly nine-decades-old Tice Elementary School in downtown Fort Myers, Florida told WFTX- Fox 4 News that he believes his health is in danger because of the presence of asbestos inside the old structure.
Asbestos testing, cleanup underway at Selah school: With classes at the Selah School District starting next week, John Campbell Elementary School is undergoing cleanup and testing for asbestos after small traces were detected earlier in the summer.
Asbestos found in Warragul kindergarten: A WARRAGUL kindergarten is temporarily closed after asbestos was found on the site. The asbestos was found in three separate locations at the Warragul Community Kindergarten on Mouritz St over the weekend when expansion works were taking place.
Asbestos, lead removal at former Bath school to last a month: Removal of asbestos and lead from Donald Small School, expected to last until mid-September, will keep Bath Community Television off the air from Sept. 6-16.
Bourne system expedites asbestos removal projects in three schools: The Bourne school system this summer has worked to remove asbestos in ceilings and tiles in three buildings; Peebles Elementary, Otis Memorial and Bourne High School.
Tamaroa Grade School Removes Asbestos: Tamaroa Grade School didn’t expect to make any major repairs to the cafeteria this summer. That was before the basement dining area saw severe water damage in June. The school had to tear out the damaged floor just last week and remove about 900 square feet of asbestos.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (10)
Man died of cancer 50 years after asbestos exposure: A elderly man who was otherwise in good health died from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos around 50 years earlier. William Wade, who passed away at St Joseph’s care home in Tring, was exposed to the toxic material while working in a laboratory at Willesden Technical College, London, where asbestos had been used to insulate steam pipes.
Mesothelioma Cancer Drug Patent Threatened in Court By Generic Drug Makers: The patent for Alimta, a cancer drug used most notably for the treatment of mesothelioma cancer, is currently being challenged in court by five generic drug makers. Developed and manufactured by Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co., the future of Alimta is up in the air.
Threat of asbestos alive and present: ONE in three Australian homes built before 1987 have some amount of asbestos products used in either heat-resistant or waterproofing materials and the concern is that many homeowners are unaware of the potential risk when they begin renovating.
Could Statin Drugs Help Fight Mesothelioma?: A new study suggests that some of the most popular drugs used to treat high cholesterol may also help combat deadly malignant mesothelioma. That finding comes from Japanese research, published recently in the medical journal, Cancer Letters. The study found a “synergistic effect” in mesothelioma cells between two statin drugs, atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor) and gamma tocotrienol (y-T3), a form of Vitamin E. “Statin+y-T3 combinations induced greater cell growth inhibition more than each single treatment,” write the authors in the summary of their findings.
Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Mesothelioma Awareness Day is an annual event that takes place on September 26th. It has been marked ever since 2004, when a group of mesothelioma advocates and volunteers decided to raise awareness of the fatal disease, and every year the celebration and activities surrounding the event have been more successful, have raised more money and have attracted more participants then the previous year. The event was officially recognized by Congress in 2009 in a bill sponsored by Representative Patty Murray from Washington State.
Biomarkers Leading the Way in Mesothelioma Care: Mesothelioma is often reported as one of the most difficult cancers to treat. Although researchers continue to make strides in how to combat the asbestos disease, patients are still faced with limited treatment options and low survival rates. But why is mesothelioma so difficult to treat and what will it take to overcome the obstacles that researchers face and improve the lives of patients?
New Research Shows High Survival Rates after CRS/HIPEC for Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: A team of researchers in the surgery department at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York say a cancer treatment that combines surgery and chemotherapy results in “acceptable” rates of complications and death and “should be included” in the multidisciplinary care of patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma and other operable abdominal cancers.
University of Hawaii Researchers’ Glowing Bunnies May Someday Bring Genetic Therapy to Mesothelioma Patients: Fluorescent protein taken from a jellyfish DNA and injected into a rabbit’s embryos has produced a litter with several glow-in-the-dark bunnies. Although to many, this may seem like science fiction, to researchers, scientists and physicians this means more effective medicines and cures for diseases like hemophilia, Alzheimer’s, and cancers such as mesothelioma, may be on the horizon.
Human Trials Planned for Promising New Mesothelioma Drug: The Australian Asbestos Diseases Research Institute says it is ready to begin human trials on what its lead researcher calls the first significant advance in mesothelioma treatment in a decade.
6 States with Highest Rate of Mesothelioma: A roundup of recent asbestos-related news and information that you should be aware of. An ongoing list of reported asbestos hot spots in the US from the Asbestos News Roundup archive appears on our asbestos map. US Navy Veterans have some of the highest incidence of mesothelioma, or asbestos related lung cancers of all Americans. This is because during the 1950′s, 1960′s, 1970′s, and 1980′s asbestos was used on most parts of all US Navy ships, especially in engine rooms, ammunition magazines, repair rooms, fuel storage areas, and or electronics areas.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Asbestos work starts in Grand: A Zanesville company has started to remove asbestos-covered pipes in the Grand Theater this week as part of a 10-year rehabilitation project.
Deadly dust: Dubai residents fear asbestos exposure: Families in a government compound in Al Satwa are living with hazardous asbestos, exposed by demolition work on car park roofs at homes built for police personnel.
Asbestos found at Ipswich PCYC: THE hazardous material asbestos has been found at an Ipswich community facility used by children. Suspect material was found under an “unused” stage at the Ipswich PCYC on Griffith Rd in May and isolated as a precaution after the advice from an asbestos removal company.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (9)
Family of Whyalla asbestos victim Raymond Hamilton awarded increased compensation in landmark decision: THE family of a man killed by a deadly asbestos-related disease has been awarded increased compensation in a landmark court decision. The Full Court of the Supreme Court this week ordered BHP Billiton pay $190,000 compensation for pain and suffering to the family of Raymond Hamilton.
Judge Thinks Plea Agreement in Asbestos Case is Harsh: Three former executives from a non-profit corporation in Merced, California were set to serve about two years in prison for state and federal asbestos-related charges, but a judge has asked that the plea agreement that sends them to jail be reconsidered, saying he is concerned that it is too harsh.
Baron and Budd Obtains $5.95 Million Verdict in Louisiana Mesothelioma Lawsuit Against Dow Chemical: Last week, a Louisiana jury awarded $5.95 million to Mr. Sidney Mabile, a native Louisianan, after finding Dow Chemical responsible for his mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. As part of the trial, John Langdoc, a mesothelioma lawyer at Baron and Budd, discovered that Dow Chemical allegedly predicted that some portion of its employees and contract workers would get cancer, but that it would be more cost effective for Dow Chemical to continue using asbestos in its chemical manufacturing. Dow continues to use asbestos to this day.
Law changes proposed to help home asbestos victims seeking compensation: Law changes to make it simpler for home asbestos victims to seek compensation have been tabled in Parliament. The amendments would reform common law compensation for asbestos victims and their families not covered by workers compensation, which would include home renovators.
Individual sues after allegedly suffering health issues due to asbestos exposure: A man has filed a lawsuit against numerous companies he claims exposed him to asbestos that later resulted in his lung cancer diagnosis.
Asbestos Mishandling Leads To Prison Sentence: In a surprising case out of Idaho which showcases just how dangerous asbestos can be, a judge has handed down a six-month prison term to a construction supervisor who mishandled asbestos-covered pipes. The case began when it was revealed that the construction supervisor who was chosen to oversee an upgrade of one Idaho town’s sewer system violated federal environmental laws by failing to properly dispose of the asbestos.
South Yorkshire asbestos exposure plea: Diseases potentially caused by the presence of asbestos in South Yorkshire workplaces are being investigated by solicitors. Witnesses are being sought by Thrings, on behalf of clients whose relatives later contracted asbestos-related illnesses.
Former hospital asbestos case ends with prison sentence for Lima man: Lamont P. Pryor, 47, of Lima, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to violating the Clean Air Act in connection with his company’s handling of asbestos during the demolition of the former Piqua Memorial Medical Center in 2008.
Eternit Slumps in Sao Paulo After Asbestos Contamination Lawsuit: Eternit SA (ETER3), a Brazilian construction materials manufacturer, fell as prosecutors said they would seek as much as 1 billion reais ($420 million) of compensation on behalf of workers exposed to asbestos.
MISC. (1)
Walk for asbestos victims: Organizers of Sarnia’s third annual Walk to Remember Victims of Asbestos and Occupational Disease plan to turn a section of the fence at Centennial Park into a memorial Sept. 14. After asbestos and lead turned up in soil samples earlier this year, City Hall put temporary fencing up around part of the park that includes the Victims of Chemical Valley Memorial, where this year’s candlelight vigil and walk will conclude.

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