Asbestos in the News: Issue 102

Asbestos in the News: Issue 102
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 38 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Asbestos cleanup delays explosion probe at Regina refinery: Regina fire officials are learning more about the extent of the fire and explosion damage at the Co-op refinery, with asbestos and a lot of debris still strewn around.
City staff support call for asbestos crackdown: Calgary’s chief building inspector says tighter rules are needed to ensure the presence of asbestos in buildings being demolished is reported. At least one contractor in the city agrees.
The children who played with asbestos: Children in a County Durham village used to spend their days playing with lethal asbestos from a local factory. One, now 51, has cancer. What will happen to the rest? It is the late 1960s and a little girl is playing hopscotch on a grid she has marked out – not with chalk, but a lump of asbestos.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (10)
38 cancer cases from asbestos bakers: No less than 38 cases of asbestos related cancer cases have been reported from 2000 to 2011, data from the Institute for Asbestos Victims (IAS) has show. Current affairs TV program Zembla reported that all were linked to asbestos mishaps in bakeries.
Researchers Say SMRP Not Predictive for Mesothelioma: New research published in the journal Oncology and reported by Surviving Mesothelioma says a peptide used to help distinguish mesothelioma from other cancers is not likely to be useful as a way to predict development of the disease.
A Third Wave of Asbestos Claims Threatens Insurers According to Assured Research: In forecasting serious asbestos-related claims, some of the country’s largest insurers and consultants appear to be ignoring relevant changes in medical knowledge, demographics and even social media. As a third wave of costly asbestos-related claims strikes the nation in the years ahead, many insurers will be swamped with “unexpected” reserve charges, according to “A Third Wave in Asbestos Liabilities Lies Ahead,” a new study by Assured Research, a New Jersey-based firm that analyzes the property/casualty insurance industry.
70 have died from asbestos exposure in past five years in North East Lincolnshire: SEVENTY people in North East Lincolnshire and the surrounding area have died in the last five years from asbestos exposure, figures have revealed.
Pineapple Enzyme Helps Mesothelioma Treatment: A future cancer treatment may have emerged with the recent discovery that bromelain, a pineapple extract, can improve the effectiveness of cisplatin chemotherapy on peritoneal mesothelioma tumor cells.
Researchers work on mesothelioma blood test: A team of researchers is continuing its quest to identify and study proteins found on cancer cells as a way of improving the diagnosis of the deadly cancer known as mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Still Rising Despite Ban in Ireland: A study in Ireland confirms that it can take many years for a ban on asbestos to have a measurable impact on a country’s rates of malignant mesothelioma.
Study Finds Common Surgical Antiseptic May Help Stop Mesothelioma Spread: A study published in the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery and detailed by Surviving Mesothelioma finds that PVP-I (Betadine), the antiseptic used by surgeons to scrub their hands and to clean patients’ skin prior to surgery, may have another use in the treatment of cancers like mesothelioma.
Results from Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Give Hope for Treatment of Mesothelioma: Results from a clinical trial at the Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia were recently published in Cancer Immunology Research, and the findings are somewhat inspiring for those suffering with advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma.
28 Japanese confirmed with asbestos injuries from working at U.S. bases: Twenty-eight Japanese have officially been recognized as falling ill from inhaling asbestos while working at U.S. military bases in Okinawa, including 21 who have died, Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry data showed Tuesday.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (10)
Removal of asbestos from Sydney Academy no concern for students, staff, says principal: A contractor hired by the Department of Education began removing asbestos from the basement of Sydney Academy over the weekend as part of an overall renovation to make room for a new trades program.
JMHS To Be Tested for Asbestos: The Marshall County Board of Education expects to begin asbestos testing for John Marshall High School next week in preparation for the building’s renovation work.
UBC Geography Building users worried about asbestos, mould, noise: Students and staff raised concerns regarding the safety of the Geography Building at a town hall meeting on Friday. The past nine months have seen ongoing construction on the building for renovations. Attendees voiced concerns about air quality, mould, asbestos, noise, seismic safety and foul language by the construction workers.
Burst school pipes sends some Orange students to Yale for classes: About 370 pupils have been displaced since Tuesday, first by the flood, then by the discovery of asbestos.
Classes held off-campus for Peck Place School students due to asbestos: School officials in Orange said today that Peck Place School will move its classes to the Yale New Haven West Campus on Marsh Hill as soon as possible.
No more asbestos at school: BILOELA State High School has been a hub of activity in the holidays, as asbestos is removed.
Wethersfield High Gym Closed After Asbestos Found: School officials closed Wethersfield High School’s main gymnasium this week after workers unexpectedly discovered asbestos in two smaller adjacent gyms.
Asbestos cleanup sparks concern at Cole Harbour school: Two parents whose children attend a Cole Harbour elementary school say they’re concerned that they weren’t notified of an asbestos removal operation at the school over the Christmas holidays.
HKU building cleared after asbestos scare: The University of Hong Kong will reopen its Haking Wong Building today, a day after an asbestos scare.
Emergency plan revealed to restart asbestos-hit Holland House Infant School in Sutton Coldfield: AN emergency plan to reopen an asbestos-hit school in Sutton Coldfield has been revealed.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
More asbestos found in La Habra Heights City Hall renovation project: More asbestos has been found in the roof of City Hall and it’s going to cost an estimated $60,000 to remove it, according to City Manager Shauna Clark.
Asbestos discovery at Derbyshire hospital prompts public meeting to discuss its future: A MEETING will be held to discuss the future of Derbyshire’s Heanor Memorial Hospital after asbestos was discovered in parts of the building.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (9)
Fears asbestos bill does not do enough for deadly dust victims: The Bill – which aims to establish a compensation fund for victims of the deadly dust who cannot trace the company where they were exposed to the asbestos – has now completed all stages in the House of Commons.
Builders ignored asbestos in school basement: Buxton Building Contractors Ltd was carrying out refurbishment work at the independent Woldingham girls’ school in Caterham in 2011. It had commissioned a specialist survey to identify the presence of asbestos in the undercroft part of the building, but then failed to act when the results were positive.
Bill Will Support Firefighters with Mesothelioma: A New Hampshire legislator is pushing to fund a mandate that would help support firefighters who contract malignant mesothelioma.
Judge sides with company in asbestos fight, cuts liability by more than $1 billion: A federal judge in Charlotte has delivered a startling victory for industries that are part of the country’s long-running asbestos-liability fight, cutting more than $1 billion from what a company owes to current and future victims.
Widow of former ICI employee wins payout after his death from asbestos-related lung cancer: THE widow of a former ICI worker who died from asbestos-related cancer said she has won justice for her husband after receiving an out-of-court settlement from his former employers.
Judge: Garlock Sealing’s mesothelioma liability $125 million: A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has entered an order estimating Garlock Sealing Technologies L.L.C.’s liability to cover current and future mesothelioma claims filed against the company at $125 million.
Man exposed to asbestos receives $14.5 million in punitive damages: The recent California Court of Appeal case of Pfeifer v. John Crane, Inc., discusses a situation where a worker exposed to asbestos due to a manufacturer’s dangerous products received more than $14 million in punitive damages.
Australian importer faces fine after asbestos found in Chinese locos: AUSTRALIAN rolling stock supplier Bradken could face a fine of up to $A 850,000 ($US 756,000) for overseeing the import of two diesel locomotives from CSR Ziyang, China, that were subsequently found to be contaminated with asbestos.
Bid to increase compensation for asbestos victims fails in Commons: A BID to increase compensation for asbestos victims with a fatal lung cancer failed in the Commons, amid Labour anger.
MISC. (4)
Asbestos monitoring warning: WATCHDOGS have criticised the way asbestos is monitored in Glasgow council buildings. The local authority’s own internal auditors have warned that failure to keep comprehensive records means they can’t be sure all premises have been checked for the material.
The sad legacy of asbestos in our workplaces: SOUTH Tyneside’s industrial heritage casts a long and often stark shadow. In what we now blithely think of as ‘the good old days’ of full employment, with new ships taking shape on the Tyne every working day, safety at work was not the priority it is in 2014.
Yale Refuses to Rescind Stephan Schmidheiny Honorary Degree: Prestigious Yale University, a world leader in higher education, has come under fire after rejecting a call to support victims of asbestos exposure, and bypassing the opportunity to use its influence in raising awareness to the cause. Yale University has refused to revoke the honorary degree it presented to Switzerland billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny . He was convicted in 2012 of creating the asbestos environmental disaster that caused at least 2,000 deaths in Italy and countless more around the world.
Geologists find natural asbestos fibers in Nev.: Removing asbestos from an old building can be hazardous and expensive. So what happens if the ground outside is covered with the stuff for miles around?

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