Asbestos in the News: Issue 92

Asbestos in the News: Issue 92
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 (5)
Facing asbestos lawsuits, paper giant launched research program: In the spring of 2005, Georgia-Pacific Corp. found itself facing nearly $1 billion in liability from a product it hadn’t made in nearly three decades: a putty-like building material, known as joint compound, containing the cancer-causing mineral asbestos.
The tragic loss of well-known actor Ed Lauter to mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused cancer, reverberated around the world: Mesothelioma strikes celebrities like Lauter, Steve McQueen and Warren Zevon, but also countless others whose suffering, as the disease chokes off their ability to breathe, is witnessed only by their heartbroken families. In the U.S. alone, 10,000 people die each year of this completely preventable disease. The asbestos victim of 2013 is often someone who hugged Daddy when he came home from work with asbestos on his clothes, or did her husband’s asbestos-covered laundry. Why, then, are we still importing this toxin into the U.S.? Why don’t we have an asbestos ban? When will we protect our citizens from this tragedy?
Asbestos consumption on the rise in Asia: Governments in Asia have been accused of ignoring the dangers of asbestos, and allowing the ongoing use of the hazardous building material.
A Global Asbestos Battle Touches Yale: That Stephan Schmidheiny has played a huge role in environmental matters around the world over the last 37 years is not up for debate. What is hotly contested about the Swiss industrialist-turned-philanthropist and author is whether he’s rightly portrayed as a hero or a villain. And Yale University, which gave Schmidheiny an honorary doctorate in 1996, is caught in the middle — with that degree as a global political football. In 1976, when he was 29 years old, Schmidheiny took over the Swiss Eternit Group, a business founded by his grandfather. The company had become one of Europe’s largest asbestos firms, making cement products girded with the deadly mineral throughout the continent and in Brazil. Schmidheiny was 29 and a newly minted lawyer.
Canada’s War on Science: Asbestos provides a good example of what can happen when industry controls science. The fire-retardant mineral has been a major export of the Canadian province of Quebec. In fact, in the 1960s Quebec was producing 40 percent of the world’s supply of asbestos. And by the 1970s, doctors were reporting that in mining towns, rates of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases were off the charts and growing worse. In time, Canada banned most uses of asbestos, within Canada. However, the mining continued. By 2010, Quebec was producing 150,000 metric tonnes (about 165,346 tons) of asbestos annually and exporting 90 percent of it, mostly to third-world countries.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
Parents Were Not Informed About Asbestos Found at Chapel Hill High School: Parents of Chapel Hill High School students are outraged when school officials failed to properly notify them when asbestos floor tiles were discovered in one of the classrooms. Some parents learned of the asbestos contamination after photos of a sealed classroom circulated throughout the student body. What horrifies parents of the North Carolina high school students is that a sign posted on one of the sealed classrooms warns of the dangers of asbestos exposure and contamination.
Mount Vernon Schools Set To Respond To Asbestos Report: Cecil H. Parker Elementary School in Mount Vernon is currently undergoing an inspection to ensure that the building is asbestos free, in accordance with the New York State Health Department.
Hazardous asbestos was treated in RLM, but asbestos elsewhere on campus does not pose threat: Exposed asbestos in Robert Lee Moore Hall was treated Tuesday, but many older UT buildings still have asbestos in their insulation. The treatment was completed after the fibrous material was found on the third floor, which could have become a hazard to students and faculty.
Asbestos expert fined after workers exposed to potentially-deadly fibres at Trafford College: AN asbestos expert was fined after workers under his supervision were exposed to potentially-deadly fibres at North Trafford College.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (6)
Belgrade teen makes plans for wedding, child, life while fighting cancer: Damon Haggan, 18, of Belgrade has been diagnosed with stage 4 mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the internal organs. Mesothelioma is rare, occurring in one of 100,000 people.
Mesothelioma, Other Cancers Higher in Firefighters: A new study involving a total of 30,000 firefighters from three large cities found they had higher rates of several types of cancers, and of all cancers combined, than the U.S. population as a whole. The findings are consistent with earlier studies, but because this one followed a larger study population for a longer period of time, the results strengthen the scientific evidence for a relation between firefighting and cancer, the researchers said.
Study Finds 400+ K Life Years Lost to Mesothelioma and Asbestosis, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: A new NIOSH study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and reported by Surviving Mesothelioma finds that more than 427,000 life years were lost from 1999 to 2010 because of early deaths from mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Mesothelioma – a growing killer: MESOTHELIOMA, a rare form of cancer usually caused by exposure to asbestos dust, is a growing killer – especially in former industrial areas such as the North-East. Nationally, 2,500 people are diagnosed with the cancer every year and the number of deaths over the next 40 years is expected to reach 61,000, peaking at 2,040 in 2016.
Greatwall Protein May be the Key to Stopping Mesothelioma Growth: Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology report that metastasis is the cause of nearly 90 percent of cancer deaths, but it remains poorly understood. Understanding how to stop metastasis is critical for increasing survival in mesothelioma, and all cancer patients. Now, in a new study, researchers report they have been able to “decode a new mechanism that regulates cell division,” which could lead to new therapies for fast-growing cancers, such as mesothelioma.
New drug may be able to help patients with advanced mesothelioma: According to a recently published Italian study, a new drug call tremelimumab may provide new hope for patients suffering from advanced malignant mesothelioma.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Asbestos scare keeps Townsville courtrooms closed: A small asbestos contamination in the Townsville Courthouse in north Queensland will keep parts of the building closed for this week.
Asbestos find shuts down MFB fire station: A MAJOR metropolitan fire station has been forced to shut down after asbestos was discovered at the site.
Courthouse asbestos scare to delay Townsville cases: Workplace Health and Safety inspectors will test if the asbestos has spread and work out when it will be safe to reopen the complex.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (6)
Asbestos dust woman wins claim: A fashion designer from County Durham who developed terminal cancer after making asbestos snow balls from dust that escaped from a local factory when she was a girl has won a settlement from the plant’s parent company.
Settlement reached in asbestos mine cleanup: A settlement has been reached with the owner of a former asbestos mine in northern Vermont to help cover the costs of some pollution controls.
Asbestos contractor faces hefty fine: A mid-valley contractor is facing its third fine in the past two years for violating state rules on asbestos cleanup projects, but the company plans to fight the penalty.
Skegness hotel fined £39,000 over asbestos: A Skegness hotel has been ordered to pay almost £45,000 in fines and costs for exposing its staff to asbestos.
Bowburn woman wins groundbreaking asbestos payout: A WOMAN who was exposed to asbestos from a North-East factory as a child has won a “substantial” payout.
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.

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