Asbestos in the News: Issue 106

Asbestos in the News: Issue 106
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 32 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Asbestos toxins make DIY risky: Canterbury medical officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey said an Australian study showed an increase in the number of people suffering asbestos-related diseases after exposure to it during home maintenance and renovation.
Asbestos warnings for more than a thousand homes issued by ACT government: The owners of 1049 Canberra homes that were exposed to Mr Fluffy asbestos in the 1970s will be urged by the ACT Government to have their homes professionally inspected for remnants of the potentially lethal insulation.
A portable asbestos detector that could save thousands of lives: A European research project, ALERT, has developed an asbestos detection device that could save thousands of lives. The project team is building the first real-time, portable detector of asbestos fibres in the air. The low-cost ALERT Rapid Asbestos Detection (ARAD) tool, which will be the size of a hand-held drill, is expected to enable construction workers and surveyors to test for the mineral’s presence in building and demolition sites.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (11)
Naturally Occurring Asbestos and What You Can Do To Avoid It: The recent discovery of windblown asbestos dust near Las Vegas, NV has drawn new attention to the phenomenon of naturally occurring asbestos (NOA). Dr. Brenda Buck, a UNLV geologist, was testing for arsenic and other toxic chemicals when she unexpectedly found a different, but equally dangerous, substance: actinolite, one of six minerals categorized as asbestos. She and her colleagues published a paper last year detailing their findings, which focused on the area around Boulder City, a small town 20 miles southeast of Las Vegas.
MRHFM Hopeful for Silica Microparticle as Promising Treatment for Malignant Mesothelioma: While mesothelioma cancer research is underway and making strides every day, there is still no cure for mesothelioma. MRHFM is hopeful that a new study published by the University of Vermont will add to the ongoing progression of research for malignant mesothelioma cancer.
Vitamin C Study Could Impact Mesothelioma Treatment: Surviving Mesothelioma is reporting on new research at the University of Kansas that intravenous Vitamin C produces therapeutic levels of the cancer-fighter in the blood, tissue and interstitial fluid (around cells) and kills ovarian cancer cells.
Asbestos: safety alert on Tremolite asbestos decorative stone wall tiles: A new safety alert by WorkCover warns about the health risks arising out of the import and sale of Tremolite asbestos decorative wall tiles in Australia.
New Drug Shows Promise in Treating Mesothelioma at Molecular Level: The search for better treatment of mesothelioma cancer continues moving more aggressively toward immunotherapy at the molecular level, where new drugs show promise in early testing. The latest results are about RITA, a drug that affects the important p53 protein.
Low Asbestos Exposure Still Risky: New research published recently in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, suggests that industrial workers at the lowest levels of the asbestos exposure spectrum may still be at risk for deadly mesothelioma, lung cancer, and laryngeal cancer.
Despite asbestos restrictions, mesothelioma rates remain unchanged: Asbestos use has dropped off dramatically in the United States, but mesothelioma is still as common as ever.
Study finds IMRT Superior to 3D Conformal RT for Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: 3D Conformal Radiotherapy (3DCRT) allows doctors to sculpt radiation to the size and shape of the mesothelioma tumor, hitting the targeted tumor with higher dozes while minimizing radiation to surrounding tissues and organs. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (also called Highly Conformal Radiotherapy) is similar but takes the process a step further with the use of a multi-leaf collimator, which uses independently-moving metal “leaves” to further mold the shape of the beams to the shape of the tumor.
Study Shows Link Between Chest Radiation and Later Development of Pleural Mesothelioma: James Stevenson, M.D., renowned oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic, didn’t need to see the recent study to know the face of malignant pleural mesothelioma was changing.
Radiation before surgery more than doubles mesothelioma survival: Treating mesothelioma with radiation before surgery resulted in a 3-year survival rate that was more than double compared with that of treating with surgery first, according to new clinical research.
Selenium and Mesothelioma Study Finds Mixed Results: A new article published in the American Journal of Pathology and detailed by Surviving Mesothelioma finds that the nutrient selenium may one day have a role to play in the treatment of mesothelioma. Selenium is found in meat, fish, poultry, grains and eggs and is most plentiful in Brazil nuts and organ meats. It is essential for good health. But researchers studying its effects in mesothelioma found mixed results.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (2)
WorkSafe probe into asbestos find at Wales Street Primary School: Asbestos was found at Wales Street Primary School in rooms used by Prep students and staff with the school’s principal moved to a regional office while an investigation takes place.
Asbestos issue complicates Hamburg gym-floor replacement: The Hamburg School District ran into a roadblock in its gym-floor replacement project at Hamburg Elementary School. Core samples drilled from the hard-rubber floor revealed an asbestos-based adhesive, councilman John Burd said at the Feb. 5 Hamburg Borough Council meeting.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (10)
WSCC lays asbestos charges on Iqaluit hospital contractor: A company that worked on the renovations of the old wing of Iqaluit’s Qikiqtani General Hospital is facing charges under Nunavut’s Safety Act.
Widow files lung cancer asbestos case in St. Clair County: Ruth Curl, individually and as special administrator of the estate of John Curl, deceased, filed an asbestos lawsuit Feb. 3 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ameron International Corp. and more than two dozen other companies.
Mansfield care provider fined £24,000 for exposing workers to asbestos: A Mansfield care provider has been ordered to pay fines and costs of £24,000 after it admitted failing to properly manage the risk of exposing workers to asbestos.
Heating contractor imprisoned for illegal asbestos removal and witness intimidation: A Massachusetts heating contractor has been sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to illegally removing asbestos from a single-family home and intimidating witnesses when he suspected charges were coming.
Asbestos defense attorney says more transparency needed between trusts and courts: A recent ruling by a bankruptcy judge that exposed “double dipping” from a trust and a court has a local attorney calling for more transparency between the two systems set up to compensate people sickened by asbestos.
Delaware – Judge: Lawyers Manipulated Evidence To Get Bigger Settlements In Asbestos Cases: A judge who found what he called a “startling pattern” of abuse by plaintiffs’ lawyers may have shifted the landscape of asbestos litigation with a ruling in favor of manufacturers.
Biomass cited by EPA for handling of asbestos in Ohio: Biomass, a South Point area company, has been cited by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the shoddy handling of asbestos at one of its buildings and could face fines of up to $25,000 per day. Meanwhile, county officials filed a foreclosure action against the company to seek more than $40,000 in back taxes the company owes.
Asbestos defendants win product liability claims, still face negligence claims: Several shipbuilders were recently granted summary judgment in an asbestos lawsuit on the basis that a Navy ship is not a “product” for purposes of strict product liability.
Housing trust and two firms fined for potential asbestos risk: A trust providing housing and care for the elderly and two firms hired to carry out refurbishment work at its premises in Alnwick have been fined after staff and residents were put at risk of exposure to asbestos.
Demolition company paying $125K to resolve asbestos allegations: Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a $125,000 settlement on Friday with an Essex-based demolition company to resolve allegations it mishandled asbestos while demolishing a Worcester building.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (5)
Hundreds Displaced After Asbestos Found In Apartment Complex: Hundreds of people are in the process of moving out of their apartments because they’re contaminated with asbestos.
Asbestos Testing Temporarily Closes Santa Monica U.S. Post Office Branch: Asbestos testing is taking place in a building that houses the U.S. Post Office branch at 2720 Neilson Way in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood, forcing the small facility that contains retail and Post Office Box operations to temporarily close.
GA’s main office building has mold and asbestos: Apparently, the General Assembly’s main office building has mold. It also suffers from asbestos, fire code problems, rotting windows and a leaky roof, legislators said at a news conference Friday. Pieces of the facade are falling off, and parts needed for the outdated heating system are no longer made.
County offices relocated during asbestos abatement project: An asbestos abatement project scheduled for the old Wayne County Courthouse at 26 Church St. in Lyons will require meetings and departments located in that building to be temporarily relocated to other county buildings.
Charleston International Airport monitors air quality after asbestos-laced materials were discovered: Charleston International Airport is monitoring air quality in some construction areas of the terminal after asbestos-laced materials were discovered during demolition on two exterior walls.
MISC. (1)
Co-op City wants costly city mandate requiring asbestos removal repealed: CO-OP City’s operator has appealed to Mayor de Blasio to change a city policy that has required residents to spend millions for asbestos removal that the managers insist is unnecessary.

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