Asbestos in the News: Issue 91

Asbestos in the News: Issue 91
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 25 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Asbestos: A continuing failure of ethics by McGill University: Many people would perhaps be shocked to know that Canada, and in particular, McGill University, deserve a good part of the credit for the continued survival of the asbestos industry in spite of the overwhelming scientific evidence of its deadly nature.
Renovators playing Russian roulette with asbestos: Experts have warned that home renovators are not undertaking proper precautions with asbestos and are not only putting themselves at risk, but their families as well.

Thousands stage Paris ‘die-in’ to protest asbestos risk: Thousands of people staged a “die-in” in Paris today over authorities’ failure to clear workplaces of asbestos, which can cause fatal respiratory diseases after long exposure.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (2)
Uxbridge middle school closed a second day for asbestos cleanup: McCloskey Middle School is closed for a second day today as a ceiling-to-floor cleaning is completed by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. School officials said results from air-quality tests Monday were acceptable, however.
Marion County BOE Approves Asbestos Removal at Mannington Middle School: Several classrooms were damaged at Mannington Middle School in August after heavy rains caused a drain to clog and overflow. Water spilled into a third floor classroom and made its way to a first floor computer lab. The Marion County Board of Education recently approved the emergency removal of asbestos from the third floor classroom.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (5)
Medway remains in UK’s top four for asbestos deaths: At its peak, Chatham Dockyard was not only an essential cog in the Royal Navy’s ship-building empire, it was the beating heart of the community. The Medway towns relied on it for the employment of thousands, as did ancilliary businesses which supplied the site, and the families of workers. Little wonder its closure in 1984 dealt such a devastating blow. But what no-one can have imagined all those years ago is that almost 30 years after its closure, people would be dying through illnesses they contracted there. The use of asbestos in heavy industry such as dockyards and factories was widespread by the end of the 19th and early 20th century due to its resistance to heat and insulating properties and its ability to act as a good insulation material.
World’s Largest Genetics Meeting and Expo Serves as Training and Networking Opportunity for Mesothelioma and Other Rare Disease Researchers: Recent breakthroughs in gene therapy have moved the next frontier in medicine from the bench to the bedside. These latest discoveries bring hope in the medical field that new, effective treatments are on the horizon for patients with rare and incurable diseases such as mesothelioma. And next week, researchers, doctors, geneticists and pharmaceutical representatives will convene to collaborate, network and learn about their peers’ projects in gene therapy.
Needle Biopsy “Simple, Safe & Accurate” for Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma researchers in China say a biopsy method that involves a single skin puncture can produce good diagnostic results for mesothelioma patients with little pain or risk.
North Carolina Company Helps Fast Track Clinical Trials; May Get Mesothelioma Therapies to Patients More Quickly: Mesothelioma patients know that clinical trials could hold the key to more effective therapies for managing their symptoms and for increasing their survival, if not to a cure. With researchers scrambling to find a novel anti-cancer drug that can stop the growth of mesothelioma, pharmaceutical companies strive to get these breakthrough therapies to the patients as quickly as possible. However, establishing a clinical trial is a lengthy, often complicated process. But one company in Raleigh, NC, has a goal to speed the process along by quickly drafting and negotiating quality investigator contract agreements allowing clinical trial sites to be established with a shorter cycle time.
New Research Seeks Improving Mesothelioma Treatment: Researchers at the University of Vermont, with assistance from the National Cancer Institute, may have uncovered a new way to better target and destroy mesothelioma tumor cells.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Kidderminster doctor’s surgery closing for asbestos work: A DOCTOR’S surgery in Kidderminster will be temporarily closed and relocated after asbestos was found in the building’s cellar.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (13)
Firm fined for exposing asbestos risk: A GLASS firm has been fined £20,000 after exposing nearly 200 workers and visitors to the risk of dangerous asbestos fibres at its premises near Consett.
Asbestos Plaintiffs’ Labor Law Claims Against Long Island Power Authority Survive Motion to Dismiss: A New York trial court has refused to dismiss Labor Law asbestos claims against Long Island Power Authority in light of testimony that the owner dictated what type of insulation to use on its premises.
Workers exposed to asbestos in Manchester: An asbestos specialist has been fined after workers were exposed to dangerous fibres at a Manchester college.
Royston man seeks compensation for asbestos exposure: A man exposed to asbestos more than 30 years ago is seeking compensation after becoming ill, he believes, as a result of the exposure.
Supervisor prosecuted after workers exposed to deadly asbestos while clearing out Trafford College: A company supervisor who exposed his workers to deadly asbestos while they were working at Trafford College without suitable protection was fined on Friday.
Asbestos Exposure Leads to Lawsuit: An asbestos lawsuit has been filed against an electric company in Missouri, alleging employees were exposed to a risk of asbestosis, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related injuries during their employment. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed September 13.
Wausau Sues R&Q for $520,000 in Reinsurance for Marley Asbestos Settlement: In a newly filed suit, Employers Insurance Company of Wausau is demanding more than $520,000 in reinsurance proceeds from R&Q Reinsurance Co. for Wausau’s settlement of asbestos claims with its insured, The Marley Co.
Former shipyard worker sues multiple companies claiming occupational asbestos exposure: A former shipyard worker and pipe-filler claims he has been diagnosed with lung cancer resulting from his occupational exposure to asbestos.
Jury awards Collinsville man $100,000 in asbestosis trial: An Etowah County jury has awarded $100,000 to a Collinsville man in the state’s first asbestosis case in two decades, according to an attorney involved in the case.
Cheshire firm sentenced after asbestos exposure: A Cheshire firm is to be sentenced after workers were left exposed to asbestos.
Woman allegedly indirectly exposed to asbestos from her husband’s clothes, car, their home: A woman’s family is suing a slew of companies over her diagnosis and subsequent death due to mesothelioma.
GrowHow fined £60k after asbestos discovery: A fertiliser manufacturer has been fined £60,000 after 50 workers were exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres while refurbishing plant in Ince Marshes near Ellesmere Port.
Last Man Sentenced in Asbestos Dumping Scheme: The U.S. Justice Department has announced that a New Jersey man will spend 15 months in prison for his part in a scheme to illegally dump thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated construction debris – putting others at risk for mesothelioma. He was the last person to be sentenced in the conspiracy.
MISC. (1)
More Asbestos-Like Fibers Found At Proposed Mine Site: Northland College Geoscience Professor Tom Fitz has found four more areas with asbestos-like fibers in the Penokee Hills.

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