Asbestos in the News: Issue 98

Asbestos in the News: Issue 98
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 22 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
Tory MP claims she has been ‘gagged by party bosses’ after criticising asbestos compensation payouts: A Tory MP claims party bosses have gagged her after she blasted “unfair” compensation for people exposed to deadly asbestos.
Former mine workers fighting for compensation: Workers of the former Advocate Mines near Baie Verte are still fighting for compensation from the Workplace Health and Safety Compensation Commission (WHSCC) for the work-related diseases many of them suffer from because of exposure to asbestos at the mine.
Happy Non-Hazardous Holidays!: It’s that magical time when consumer protection agencies release their annual lists of hazardous toys and toxic Christmas decorations. We’ll get to this year’s list in a moment. But first, let us acknowledge, it used to be worse.
ADAO Announces 10th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees: The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest non-profit dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases, announced its Sunday keynote speaker and honorees for the upcoming Tenth Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, entitled Where Knowledge and Action Unite. “More than 31 million tons of asbestos have been used since 1900 and imports continue today. Asbestos is an invisible toxin that kills 30 Americans each day and prevention remains the only cure.” The conference will be held April 4 – 6, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. More than 30 renowned medical experts and asbestos victims from ten countries will speak on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy. The conference will also include an Awards and Recognition Dinner and a Unity and Remembrance Brunch. The 2014 Sunday keynote speaker will be Ms. Susan Vento, widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento, who died of mesothelioma in 2000.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (3)
Warning issued to school heads following asbestos safety errors: HEADTEACHERS across Calderdale have been warned about the dangers of uncovering asbestos in school buildings following a council probe which discovered health and safety failings.
Cwmcarn School to finally return to original site: PUPILS and staff of Cwmcarn High School will return to their original site on Monday, January 6, after 13 months at its temporary base in Ebbw Vale. Younger pupils will spend their last day at the site tomorrow before finishing for the Christmas break. The Cwmcarn site closed in October 2012 after a council-commissioned survey by Santia asbestos management found staff and pupils could be at risk from airborne particles of amosite asbestos.
Asbestos Testing, Removal Planned For Pottsgrove High: Given the age of Pottsgrove High School, built in 1955 and renovated several times since, it might have been considered inevitable that asbestos materials were used in some of its construction. Now that the Kauffman Road building is undergoing extensive repair, and may be the subject of renovation and expansion beginning in 2014, the Board of School Directors has hired expert help for lead-based paint and asbestos testing and removal there.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (6)
Used Drilling Mud Dumped in California’s Central Valley: Toxic drilling mud has the potential to harm more people than the mud engineer who comes into direct contact with the substance. And while the drilling rig employee carries the most risk of inhaling floating asbestos fibers when drilling mud is mixed from its original powdered form, it’s what happens after the drilling mud is spent that has many residents of the Central Valley area of California concerned.
A Second-Line Option for Mesothelioma?: Although survival was not significantly extended, the chemotherapy drug vinorelbine might be a treatment option for mesothelioma patients whose cancer has returned after first-line chemotherapy with pemetrexed.
Pfizer’s Xalkori Granted Full FDA Approval for Lung Cancer Treatment, Potential Treatment for Mesothelioma Patients: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last month that they have granted regular approval to the anti-cancer drug Xalkori, known generically as crizotinib, to treat patients with late-stage, metastatic non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) who express the abnormal anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene. The FDA had previously granted accelerated approval for the drug that may also benefit mesothelioma patients.
What you need to know about asbestos: Malignant mesothelioma, a term known only to some from late night TV commercials, is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and abdomen. There are three forms of malignant mesothelioma, depending on what part of the mesothelium is affected: pleural mesothelioma is found in the lungs, pericardial mesothelioma occurs in the heart and peritoneal mesothelioma originates in the abdomen.
Asbestos victim’s ‘second wave’ fear: ABOUT 18 months ago Pat Rogan was enjoying a winter holiday with his wife in the warmth of north Queensland when his usually robust health began to fail. He was taking antibiotics for a minor infection but that did not explain the sudden decline. Mr Rogan, of Alfords Point, cut short his holiday and returned to Sydney to discover his left lung had collapsed. More tests showed he had mesothelioma, the asbestos disease. Mr Rogan’s mind immediately went back 50 years to that oil refinery at Silverwater where he worked as an electrician and technician for several years and where he was in daily contact with asbestos products. “That asbestos dust was in the back of my mind when mesothelioma became well-known,” he said. “I knew I had been exposed to it but after 50 years I thought I had missed that bullet.”
Asbestos taking a toll on firefighters, study suggests: Exposure to asbestos is believed to be responsible for a high rate of mesothelioma among some firefighters. A new study shows firefighters in three major cities had a rate of the cancer two times greater than the country’s overall population.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Ann Arbor officials launch $1M project to rid city hall of asbestos once and for all: Ann Arbor officials are moving forward with a major project that involves removing the last-remaining asbestos from multiple floors inside city hall.
County down to two options for administrative center: La Crosse County officials are looking at options for the County Administrative Center, which requires considerable maintenance work that is hampered due to widespread asbestos. Officials are debating on whether to fix the existing building or to sell it and move to another site.
Lead paint, asbestos found in historic Dawson City bank: Renovations to Dawson City’s historic CIBC bank are on hold until its lead paint and asbestos can be dealt with.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (3)
Calif. Court Rejects BorgWarner’s Post-Trial Motions in Case that Ended in $39 Million Asbestos Verdict: A California trial court has denied an asbestos defendant’s motions for a new trial and for judgment notwithstanding the verdict, allowing to stand a nearly $39 million asbestos verdict and the 35 percent liability assessment against BorgWarner.
Supreme Court to decide on asbestos NHS treatment cost recovery bill: A legal dispute over an attempt to force companies to pay the medical costs of staff made ill by asbestos has been referred to the Supreme Court.
Mesothelioma Victims’ Victory in Pennsylvania: Workers and their families have won a victory in Pennsylvania after the state Supreme Court ruled that they could sue former employers over late-manifesting industrial diseases like mesothelioma.
MISC. (3)
Petition for Los Angeles Mesothelioma Treatment Center for Veterans: As the youngest person to become chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt played a major role in U.S. military history — a war hero whose service spanned World War II, Korea and Vietnam. It’s only appropriate that the Mesothelioma Center for Excellence at the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center is adopting his name.
Campbell residents claim they were not told about asbestos removal: Residents living near the Campbell section 5 development in Canberra’s north are angry they have been given no warnings about the removal of asbestos from the site.
Asbestos scare strikes Chinese imports to Australia: Asbestos found in 10 heavy-haul trains imported from China follows a similar discovery in Chinese-made cars last year and has unions demanding tougher policing of imports.

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