Asbestos in the News: Issue 88

Asbestos in the News: Issue 88
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 34 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (8)
Colorado waives asbestos cleanup requirement (Insane Decision!): Relaxed state requirements for asbestos cleanup and removal have paved the way for a speedier recovery for homeowners and businesses affected by the devastating floods. But cleanup professionals say the trade-off could be putting people at risk.

DIY renovators exposed to asbestos: HOME renovators are risking death by not protecting themselves from asbestos, according to an article in the Medical Journal of Australia. Research based on a NSW questionnaire shows around six in ten DIY renovators have been exposed to asbestos, but fewer than 15 per cent say they regularly use protection.
Asbestos time bomb: NORMA Ryan was “shellshocked” when she found she had mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, as a result of coming into contact with asbestos 65 years ago. As a nine-year-old girl, she remembers playing with asbestos – a fibrous silicate mineral, widely used in building materials until the 1980s – while her father renovated the family home.
Electrician Asbestos Risk: Electricians and electrical cable installers may not know it, but they are at risk for being exposed to asbestos through repair, demolition or installation work. This lethal, fibrous material was used in felted asbestos insulation or asbestos tape to insulate wiring. So working on old power lines, old wiring or breaker boxes would put electricians at risk for asbestos exposure. Older arc chutes also contain asbestos. It was used in circuit breakers, for example, before the mid-1980’s, when they were made of asbestos-containing plastic molding compound.
Dying Worker Wins $38 Million for Asbestos Exposure: A South Carolina worker who has less than a year to live after being diagnosed with mesothelioma won a $38 million jury award against the makers of equipment containing asbestos. Lloyd Strom Garvin, 74, was exposed to asbestos in equipment like pumps and valves that he used during years of work on his family farm and in a factory.
Mesothelioma Survivor Says Vermiculite Still Poses Threat in US Homes: Bill Cawlfield still owns the Colorado farmhouse where he helped his father insulate the attic with vermiculite more than 50 years ago, eventually leading to his diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma.
ADAO Testifies to Congress to Aid the Ban of Asbestos: It has not happened yet – but the day that asbestos is banned within the United States might be coming closer thanks to the work of Linda Reinstein, head of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Linda testified at the House of Representatives Subcommitte hearing yesterday over the dated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a bill that was implemented in 1976 and is in dire need of reform as our knowledge of dangerous toxins and carcinogens has expanded profoundly in the last 39 years.
Imports of asbestos to the U.S. have risen over the last few years.: Even though 55 other countries have banned the importation and use of asbestos, the lethal substance is still alive and well in the United States. Imports of asbestos to the U.S. have risen over the last few years – in fact, there was a 13 percent increase in asbestos imports between 2010 and 2011 according to the most recent report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). And what’s worse? The USGS also reports that asbestos imports are projected to remain at the current levels for the next four years. It would appear that the asbestos crisis is far from over.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (7)
Asbestos concern at the Neighborhood School: We’ve heard from some parents over at The Neighborhood School/PS 63 on East Third Street between Avenue A and First Avenue. As we understand it, officials from the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) announced last week that they will begin removing asbestos from the building this fall ahead of a 2- to 3-year school renovation.
Asbestos disturbed at Maroochydore High School: WORKERS repaired and cleaned a classroom at Maroochydore High School overnight after the discovery of a small amount of asbestos dust.
More asbestos found at Qld school: MORE asbestos has been found at a Brisbane primary school. Excavators discovered the asbestos while digging trenches to lay down pipes behind one of the buildings at Graceville Primary School.
Ohio School Teachers Duct Tape Peeling Asbestos Carpeting to Keep Dust From Children: In a desperate bid to protect the health and safety of the students, faculty and staff of the Fairfield School District in Ohio are turning to duct tape to stave off any asbestos contamination in the classrooms. Peeling asbestos carpeting, no air conditioning, cramped space and general disrepair are forcing Fairfield School officials to consider replacing aging buildings.
‘Miscommunication’ With Contractor Means Some Asbestos Left in FL School Displacing Students: Some Tice Elementary School students will remain displaced in temporary classrooms as the school continues to remove left over asbestos. School officials reveal that a ‘miscommunication’ with the contractor performing extensive renovations and updates at the Lee County, Florida elementary school meant that some of the asbestos slated for removal was left. Now, Tice Elementary School officials are asking for an additional $350,000 to finance the remaining asbestos abatement work.
Asbestos scares at three Brisbane schools: THREE Brisbane schools are now facing asbestos scares. Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek says letters have been sent to the parents of students at Sandgate High School and Rainworth State School regarding asbestos concerns.
Asbestos at American Samoa College Sends Students and Staff to Hospital: On the 76-square-mile island of American Samoa, an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, the students and staff at a small community college have been complaining of serious breathing problems. It’s believed that the culprit causing the problems is probably asbestos.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (9)
Asbestos drive to cut toll of 20 deaths a week: The British Lung Foundation is launching a major asbestos campaign this week in a bid to cut the current toll of 20 construction workers a week dying from the effects of exposure.
Researchers lead two major trials to test potential treatments for asbestos-related cancer: University of Leicester researchers are leading two major trials into treatments for a type of cancer which affects those exposed to asbestos. Professor Dean Fennell, of the University’s Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, is leading two groundbreaking trials into mesothelioma – a form of lung cancer strongly linked with exposure to asbestos.
Study Shows Progress in Treating Mesothelioma With Immunotherapy: Mesothelioma, an aggressive and fatal type of asbestos-related lung cancer, continues to be a challenge for oncologists to treat. In most cases, the disease is discovered in its later stages. One of the difficulties medical researches face is halting the spread of the tumor to the lungs and other internal organs.
Immunotherapy Research Brings Hope to Mesothelioma Community: Drug manufacturer, Aduro Bio Tech, Inc announced their commencement of phase II clinical trials on a new cancer vaccine named CRS-207. The company has elected the first group of mesothelioma patients who will participate in the study and try the experimental vaccine.
New light on asbestos risks: Scientists are coming up with new ways to assess the risk of exposure to asbestos, leading to improved management of sites contaminated with the potentially lethal material.
Mesothelioma Surgery May Have Added Benefit: Cancer researchers at Wake Forest University have found another benefit to the cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) combination used to treat peritoneal mesothelioma and other abdominal cancers: the control of fluid buildup.
Exposed to Asbestos and Concerned About Getting Mesothelioma: Unfortunately, many people have. Asbestos was prevalently used up until the 1980s and many people were subject to occupational and second-hand exposure. Because of its long latency period, it can take decades after exposure for mesothelioma to manifest.
Study Shows Significant Burden of Mesothelioma and Other Rare Diseases: Mesothelioma is one of the nearly 7,000 diseases or conditions designated as rare in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Managing these diseases and trying to find appropriate treatment can be overwhelming to the patients and their families. In a recently released report by Shire, researchers were able to quantify just what that burden is when living with a rare disease.
University researchers keep searching for answers about why Iron Rangers have higher rates of mesothelioma: Does taconite dust lead to mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung’s lining? This was the main question that the Minnesota State Legislature charged University of Minnesota researchers with answering through a $4.9 million study called the Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study nearly five years ago.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (4)
Scartho pool remains closed after asbestos discovery: Grimsby Swimming School in Scartho is likely to be closed until at least Thursday while work to remove asbestos is carried out. The environmental clean of the pool began at the weekend following the closure of the building to the public after asbestos was discovered in the main pool hall.
Asbestos Hazard Found in Public Library: A former teacher and long-time patron of the Poteet Public Library in Poteet, Texas thought she spied something unusual sticking out from the floor tiles when she made a visit to the facility in mid August. In fact, she thought it looked like asbestos, so she reported her suspicions to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). Turned out Carol Merchant had a good eye for identifying the toxic material.
Asbestos Prompts Evacuation of Agricultural Building: A county judge ordered the immediate closure of the Guadalupe County, Texas Agricultural Building late last week after it was discovered that the facility was contaminated with asbestos and mold to the extent that it was a danger to those inside.
Residents not told of flats asbestos removal risk: AN outraged couple has told how council workers in masks and protective suits descended on their block of flats without warning to remove deadly asbestos.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (4)
PLANT REMOVAL CONTINUED DESPITE ASBESTOS RISK: Developer aware of asbestos materials from a survey it commissioned. Poole Investments plc has been fined £60,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 in prosecution costs after plant dismantling work exposed workers to asbestos fibres at a disused tile factory in the Poole.
Michigan Men Arraigned on Federal Charges For Illegally Handling Asbestos From Bay City Academy: Three Bay City Michigan men were arraigned in federal court over charges of mishandling asbestos during abatement and violating federal emission standards for hazardous air pollutants during renovations at a former church. Slated to house another campus for the Bay City Academy, a charter school founded by entrepreneur Steve Ingersoll, the former church underwent a comprehensive overall.
Employee sues Empire District Electric Co.; lawsuit claims exposure to harmful materials at Riverton plant: A lawsuit filed this month alleges that the Empire District Electric Co. knowingly exposed employees at its power plant in Riverton to asbestos and other hazardous materials.
Firm fined over asbestos exposure: Rochdale Electric Welding Company (REWCO) has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 after exposing employees to potentially fatal asbestos fibres at an industrial site in Devon.
MISC. (2)
Asbestos and Lead Push Residents Out of Home: The work should have been finished in a couple of weeks, but Volkheimer had concerns after seeing debris in his HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. “We asked them to come out and do asbestos testing in the house because of all of the sheet rock dust and all the messes they left behind,” Volkheimer said. Volkheimer’s contractor shared with him the original environmental survey of his home, which was done last February. He says it indicated his house was an “asbestos hotspot.”
Octfolio software to help manage asbestos: A NEW software platform aims to help map, manage and eradicate asbestos, the deadly building material. Octfolio’s asbestos information management software launches this week along with a supplementary website.

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