Asbestos in the News: Issue 111

Asbestos in the News: Issue 111
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 33 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
City council called on for asbestos bylaw: An advocacy group in Saskatchewan has asked Saskatoon City Council to consider passing a bylaw to improve the safety of workers involved in the demolition of buildings that contain asbestos.
Deal brings hope for third-wave asbestos victims: THE fund which pays compensation to victims of James Hardie Industries asbestos building products has settled a landmark court case minutes before the seriously ill plaintiff was due to take the stand.
Asbestos death creeps up on victims: Julie and Don Sager had no idea of the danger they were exposing their toddler Adam to when they sanded the walls of their house in the early 1980s.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (5)
Asbestos Still Plagues our Country Today: Asbestos is a carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure. There is consensus from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, World Health Organization, International Labor Organization, and International Agency for Research on Cancer that asbestos exposure must be avoided. You would think the above facts would lead the United States to ban asbestos. But you would be wrong.
Alcoholism Drug Suppresses Mesothelioma Tumors in Mice: A drug approved by the FDA for the treatment of alcoholism appears to have the potential to fight malignant pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer that is often unresponsive to conventional therapies.
Low-Dose Gemzar: Cost Effective Alternative for Mesothelioma?: A new study of an alternative form of chemotherapy for mesothelioma finds that it may be a safe, effective, and less expensive treatment option, especially for low-income patients.
Catheter Metastasis Manageable for Mesothelioma Patients: The largest study yet of mesothelioma patients with metastatic disease along the path of their lung catheters has some reassuring news for patients. Australian researchers find that the problem is usually treatable.
Recent Study Shows Even Small Amounts of Asbestos Can Cause Cancer: When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs where they may remain for a long period of time. A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) in January 2014, reported that even small amounts of asbestos can remain in the body and cause a number of serious health conditions. The most serious is mesothelioma, which is a cancer of the thin membranes that line the abdomen and chest.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
Education Department to remove asbestos from Thornbury primary school during holidays: WALES St Primary School will be out of bounds during the school holidays while the Education Department removes asbestos.
Testing discovers asbestos in St. Patrick school air ducts: Students from St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School took classes at a nearby school after the air ducts tested positive for asbestos.
Asbestos forces closure of a Toronto Catholic school: A Toronto Catholic high school has been closed after air ducts tested positive for asbestos.
Quake update: Asbestos closes much of Fanning school: The main building of Fanning Elementary School in Brea could be closed for six weeks, or even longer, because of asbestos found in the dust and debris caused by Friday’s earthquake, according to a report released Monday afternoon by Superintendent Skip Roland.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (14)
Asbestos compensation fund settles case with ‘third wave’ victim: The building products company James Hardie could have made asbestos-free products a decade earlier than it did, but chose not to because of commercial reasons; that extraordinary revelation emerged today in a landmark case at the Dust Diseases Tribunal in Sydney.
Punitive damages reintroduced in NYC asbestos litigation: On Tuesday, New York Supreme Court Justice Sherry Klein Heitler delivered an order reinstating claims for punitive damages in the New York City Asbestos Litigation.
Hostel fined £39,000 for breach of asbestos regulations: A company that failed to comply with health and safety regulations regarding the removal of asbestos from a hostel it owned in Queensbury Place, SW7, was fined £39,000 at Isleworth Crown Court and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £12,299.75 and a victim surcharge of £120.
Long asbestos trial attributed to complexity, number of defendants: A four-month long asbestos trial in the New York Supreme Court that ended in a $12.5 million plaintiff victory can be attributed to its complexity and vast number of defendants at the onset of trial, says one trial attorney.
Educational program executives sentenced for exposing high school students to asbestos: Two former executives from a now-defunct nonprofit organization were sentenced to prison on Monday for exposing as many as 80 Merced County high school students to asbestos in an attempt to cut corners in asbestos removal.
Pittsfield contractor fined $24K over asbestos issue: The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has fined an abatement contractor nearly $25,000 for violating state asbestos regulations.
Bill aimed at limiting venue in asbestos cases passes House committee: A bill that would limit where lawsuits involving latent diseases can be brought narrowly passed a Louisiana State House of Representatives committee earlier this week.
Navy Responsible for Cleanup of Contaminated Military Dumpsite Near Two Schools: Radford High School officials’ plans to replace a cinder track with an all-weather one were put on hold when workers found a dumpsite three feet below the surface of the athletic field. Upon discovering multiple metal objects, the crew stopped digging, covered and quarantined the area, and then called in experts to test the soil.
Workers Exposed to Lead and Asbestos, Olivet Management Fined $2.3M: Olivet Management LLC, a real estate development and management company that owns the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in the Wingdale section of Dover Plains, N.Y., faces a total of $2,359,000 in proposed fines from OSHA, which cited the company for exposing its own employees, as well as employees for 13 contractors, to asbestos and lead hazards during cleanup operations in preparation for a tour of the site by potential investors.
Exposing Students to Asbestos Leads to 24- and 27-Month Sentences for Non-Profit Executives: One year ago, Patrick Bowman and Rudy Buendia III both pleaded no contest to charges of violating federal asbestos laws. On May 31, both men were sentenced to federal prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill. Bowman received a 27-month sentence; Buendia was given 24 months.
Hanford contractors fined over asbestos issues: Two Hanford contractors will pay more than $175,000 in fines after an Environmental Protection Agency investigation found alleged violations of federal asbestos handling regulations.
Plaintiffs Awarded $7.25 Million in Asbestos Lawsuit: An asbestos lawsuit filed by the family of a shipbuilder who died of mesothelioma has been awarded $7.25 million in its lawsuit against RSCC Wire & Cable. The jury in the lawsuit found in favor of the man’s family, awarding both survival damages and damages for wrongful death.
Man wins ruling over asbestos claim: A SWINDON man has obtained a court order against the Department of Transport which will leave the door open for him to make future financial claims should his health deteriorate as a result of asbestos exposure.
Four-month asbestos trial ends with $12.5M verdict for three New York construction workers: A New York Supreme Court jury has awarded a $12.5 million verdict for three construction workers’ families in a four-month long asbestos trial.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Nurses air concerns over asbestos removal: Nurses at a psychiatric hospital have expressed “grave concerns” about HSE plans to remove potentially dangerous asbestos from a ward while staff and patients are still in it.
Hunting Point renters seek answers to asbestos contamination at their buildings: Residents of one of Alexandria’s largest affordable apartment complexes grilled federal regulators, local authorities and their landlord Saturday over the discovery of asbestos during renovations of their homes, angrily asking why it took three months for officials to halt the work.
ACT Renters in the dark about Mr Fluffy asbestos: The ACT government has opted to protect the commercial interests of landlords over the rights of tenants to know they live in a Mr Fluffy asbestos house. Renters will have to rely on their landlords to inform them if they live in a home that was part of the removal program, and likely to still contain residual asbestos.
MISC. (4)
Former James Hardie boss thought asbestos health concern was ‘a beat-up’: The man credited with deciding in 1978 to eliminate asbestos from James Hardie products said he thought at the time that widespread health concern about its use in building materials was a “media beat-up”.
Asbestos locos returning to work: KiwiRail’s 40 Chinese-built locomotives, taken out of service for nearly six weeks over asbestos fears, are gradually returning to work.
Navy ships locked down on asbestos fear: Two naval service ships are in lockdown after workers were exposed to asbestos during routine maintenance at dockyards in Cork.
New asbestos hotline for Queenslanders: QUEENSLANDERS will able to find out about asbestos in their homes before it’s too late with a new hotline.

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