Asbestos in the News: Issue 99

Asbestos in the News: Issue 99
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 23 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
India Urged in Letter to Ban the Import and Usage of Asbestos: Brayton Purcell LLP announces that a letter has been sent to three of India’s government officials, urging them to ban the import and usage of asbestos in their country. The letter is addressed to India’s ministers of Health & Family Welfare, Labour & Employment, and Forests & Environment. It is signed by 100 labor and health organizations and more than 200 scientists, representing 36 countries. The letter states that India has increased its asbestos importation by 186 percent between 2006 and 2012. Furthermore, India has been targeted by the asbestos industry as part of a campaign aimed at Asian countries, which constitute 70 percent of asbestos market buyers. As part of the effort to build India’s consumption and use of asbestos, the International Chrysotile Association is holding a conference in New Delhi, presenting asbestos as a safe product.
$6.4M Settlement Awarded in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit: A Louisiana jury has awarded $6.4 million to a woman who was diagnosed with asbestos mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos manufactured and sold by Asbestos Corporation Ltd (ACL).
$8.6M Asbestos Mesothlioma Settlement Awarded: An $8.6 million settlement has been awarded to the family of the recently deceased William Saller, who died from asbestos disease.
Asbestos in many of Brussels’ public buildings: As many as a thousand public buildings in the Brussels-Capital Region could be non-compliant with rules governing asbestos.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
Schools containing asbestos will be required to place warning signs at their front gate: Schools containing asbestos will be required to place warning signs at their front gate after the Education Department was taken to court and ordered to lift its game following a series of safety breaches.
Coolidge asbestos cleanup costs reach $4M: An asbestos issue that surfaced at a city elementary school during the summer has already cost $4 million.
Earl Bell to be closed to remove asbestos from flooring: The Earl Bell Community Center will be closed at the beginning of the year to remove asbestos from the building.
Asbestos found at Joyce Avenue Children’s Centre in Greensborough: Parts of the Banyule Council-run Joyce Avenue Children’s Centre were cordoned off and an immediate clean up took place after the discovery in October. A letter sent to parents the day after the incident said concrete sheeting which contained asbestos was disturbed during gardening works.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (5)
Radiotherapy for Mesothelioma: Better But Still Limited: A form of highly-targeted radiation therapy for mesothelioma is better than it used to be, but is still risky. That is the message of a recent article on intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
Mesothelioma Nurses Ready for New Cases in Australia: Australia is bracing for an expected new wave of mesothelioma cases in the next decade and the Lung Foundation of Australia is taking action now to get ready.
Chest wall resection effective for recurrent mesothelioma: Salvage chest wall resection could lengthen survival in patients with isolated chest wall recurrence of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), research indicates.
Countries urged to sink health risks from asbestos, second-hand smoke and toxic chemicals by 2015: With the approach of the 2015 deadline for achieving 3 of the 5 commitments made at the 2010 Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, 30 countries at the third meeting of the Environment and Health Task Force agreed to boost action to free Europe from asbestos-related diseases and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke and toxic chemicals. The meeting took place in Brussels, Belgium on 10–11 December 2013, hosted by the Belgian Government.
Clinical Trial Points to Partial Pleurectomy for Treatment of Pleural Effusion in Mesothelioma Patients: A clinical trial conducted to determine whether video-assisted thoracoscopic partial pleurectomy or talc pleurodesis is more effective in treating pleural effusion in patients with malignant mesothelioma has been completed. Although the primary outcome for the trial was to measure survival at one year after treatment, researchers report that while survival rate did not improve, quality of life did.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Southern General asbestos leads to Glasgow health board fine: A health board failed to remove asbestos in the ceiling of a hospital despite being told in three surveys that it was “high risk”.
Asbestos found in Melling station: Melling Railway Station in Lower Hutt has been temporarily closed after the discovery of asbestos.
Tour Montparnasse contaminated with asbestos: A preliminary report drawn up at the request of the Paris prefect has confirmed that cable ducts in the Tour Montparnasse, a landmark building completed in 1973, are lined with carcinogenic asbestos. More dangerous still, asbestos released in the course of seven years of decontamination has lodged in the tower’s ventilation system, which carries it to areas that were believed asbestos-free.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (6)
FRESNO: Asbestos exposure victims in Firm Build case speak in court: Several former Merced County high school students who were exposed to asbestos on Friday confronted three men federal prosecutors say are responsible for putting their health at risk.
Pfizer Absolved In Quigley Asbestos Injury Suit: Pfizer Inc. cannot be held accountable for personal injury allegedly caused by its bankrupt subsidiary Quigley Co.’s asbestos-containing insulation, because Pfizer had nothing to do with the product beyond applying its trademarks, a Washington state federal judge recently ruled.
Travelers Drops Suit Against Excalibur Seeking Reinsurance for Zurn Asbestos Claims: Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. has voluntarily dismissed its suit against Excalibur Reinsurance Corp. in which it demanded $86,721 in reinsurance proceeds arising from an underlying settlement of asbestos injury claims asserted against Zurn Industries Inc.
Man gets 1 year for dumping asbestos waste: Contending he had “always been a person who cared about the world,” a Toledo man apologized in federal court Monday for illegally removing and disposing of some 82 bags of asbestos waste from a warehouse.
Family of deceased woman allegedly exposed to asbestos used as driveway filler sues: The husband and son of a woman who allegedly died from lung cancer due to asbestos exposure is suing over her death.
Canyon Building fined $10,500 for asbestos violations: A Tucson construction company exposed workers to asbestos when it sent them to remove pipes from a job site because it didn’t want another contractor to get the valuable copper, a state investigation found.
MISC. (1)
Asbestos found at Telstra work site north of Brisbane, union raises concerns: A union says it has grave concerns about work done by a Telstra contractor to the north of Brisbane, after finding asbestos near a recently replaced telecommunications pit.

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