Asbestos in the News: Issue 118

Asbestos in the News: Issue 118
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FEATURED STORIES (5)
Royals Spend £4 Million Removing Asbestos from Kensington Palace: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just spent a reported £4 million repairing their Kensington Palace apartment – on taxpayers’ dime. The repairs included fixing the home’s roof, removing asbestos, renovating several residential rooms (including Prince George’s nursery), and refurbishing electrical and plumbing work. Consider yourself lucky that your last home repair only amounted to putting in a new lightbulb.
Asbestos exposure: We’re just at the beginning of a health crisis: First of all, our findings ought to put to rest once and for all the made-in-Canada myth that chrysotile asbestos – the kind that is mined in Canada – is not all that toxic and can be used safely. The government of Quebec, the government of Canada, the asbestos industry and a few allies in the research world have been insisting for years that chrysotile is not very toxic, particularly as compared to other varieties of asbestos, and that it can be mined, milled and used in manufactured goods such as brake linings and building insulation without harm. The 169 confirmed cases of asbestos-related diseases in our cohort who mined and milled pure chrysotile at Baie Verte make it perfectly clear that chrysotile is highly toxic.
Government silent as questions mount about asbestos danger: The federal Conservative government is refusing to join the rest of the developed world in declaring that there are no safe uses for asbestos, even though the material is the top workplace killer in Canada and deaths from exposure are expected to rise. While such countries as Australia, Japan, Sweden and Britain have imposed a ban on the flame-retardant mineral once widely employed in construction and still used in other applications including brake pads, Canada continues to allow asbestos to be both imported and exported.
Ottawa’s sunny outlook on asbestos is out of step with the facts: The first thing you read when you go to the page about asbestos on the Saskatchewan government workplace safety website is, “Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause chronic, irreversible and life-threatening lung disease.” When you visit the equivalent page for the body that oversees workplace safety in British Columbia, the first thing you read is, “Asbestos is a hidden killer.” But go to the government of Canada page on the dangers of asbestos and you get this: “Asbestos was a popular material used widely in construction and many other industries.” See the difference?
No safe use: The Canadian asbestos epidemic that Ottawa is ignoring: Asbestos is the top on-the-job killer in Canada. But a Globe and Mail investigation has found that this stark fact has been obscured by the country’s longstanding economic interest in the onetime “miracle mineral.” Even though Canada’s own asbestos industry has dwindled from pre-eminence to insignificance — the country’s last two mines closed in 2011 — the federal government has dragged its feet as other nations have acknowledged asbestos’s deadly impact and moved to protect their populations from it. Ottawa, in fact, holds to the position that asbestos can be safe, despite an international consensus among doctors and researchers to the contrary.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (12)
Traditional Effusion Treatment Produces Fewer Complications for Mesothelioma Patients: The benefits of a procedure to remove part of the lung lining under video guidance may not be worth the risks and cost for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. That is the conclusion of researchers in the UK who studied the procedure over a nine-year period.
Red Wine Compound and Leukemia Drug Target Mesothelioma Cells: The Korean researchers who were the first to study the mesothelioma-fighting effects of a chemical in red wine say combining it with a drug normally used to treat leukemia may enhance the effect.
Much-Higher Survival Rates for Women Could Lead to New Mesothelioma Treatment Options: A recent study, the largest ever about the effect of gender on the asbestos-related cancer, proved definitively what doctors have suspected for years: women have an advantage over men when it comes to living longer after a diagnosis.
Carboplatin Shows Substantial Promise in Peritoneal Mesothelioma Treatment: A study conducted by a surgical team at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska published April 8, 2014, has shown what researchers believe is the correct chemotherapy drug to use in conjunction with surgery in patients suffering from peritoneal mesothelioma, reports the national law firm of Baron and Budd. As a result, survival rates may increase substantially.
Research Breakthroughs Encouraging to Mesothelioma Community: The mesothelioma community has been given new hope recently with a rash of breakthroughs from cancer researchers. The terminal cancer that has left many families devastated in its wake, may soon lose its fight, if the recent findings prove effective.
Combination Treatment Fights Mesothelioma “Synergistically”: Cancer researchers in Italy are working on a way to use the body’s own cancer-fighting tools to help boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy for mesothelioma.
Managing Mesothelioma: Comparing Outcomes of Common Treatment Surgeries: The 4th International Symposium on Lung Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma showed the spotlight on lung-sparing surgical techniques, lung-sparing adjuvant therapies, supportive therapies and potential future adjuvant therapies.
New warning on white asbestos risk: Canterbury’s medical officer of health has warned that white asbestos is more harmful than previously thought. White asbestos, or chrysotile, was commonly used between 1940 and 1990 in the construction of buildings and homes in New Zealand. Medical officer of health Alistair Humphrey said two other types, known as blue and brown asbestos, were also used, but were considered much more harmful than chrysotile.
Surgery Improves Survival of Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients: Peritoneal mesothelioma patients are neglecting surgery as a therapeutic option – for a variety of reasons – and needlessly losing out on years of survival time, a recently published study from the Medical College of Wisconsin shows.
Study Finds New CT Technique Offers Safer Mesothelioma Monitoring: French and Australian researchers say a new way of creating detailed pictures from CT scans may make it possible to screen for cancers like mesothelioma using less radiation.
Platinum Drug Beats Antibiotic for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Treatment: A team of surgeons in Nebraska have determined what they say is the best chemotherapy drug to pair with surgery in patients with peritoneal mesothelioma.
“Hunter” T Cells and How They Fight Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma, like many cancers, has several ways to hide from the immune response and keep growing. Ideally, a person’s T cells would recognize the mesothelioma cells when they first become cancerous and kill them. Unfortunately, in some people, their T cells don’t recognize the mesothelioma cells as cancer and the mesothelioma cells continue to divide… and divide… and divide until the person has symptoms.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (5)
School’s out but maybe not Asbestos: A school building in Tennessee was found to have asbestos. The finding came after several employees became ill. Several months ago a junior high school in Rhode Island was closed for several days so that workers could safely remove asbestos from the building. The asbestos was discovered when a ceiling that was being taken down revealed a second concealed ceiling. The hidden ceiling was found to contain asbestos.
Marlington to clear asbestos: Marlington Local Schools will remove asbestos from a space below Lexington Elementary School.
School Govenors Fined Over Asbestos Breach: The governors of an Belfast grammar school have been fined after asbestos was found in buildings being used as a nursery school.
Parents fuming over asbestos removal at Riverview: Riverview School was on speed dial for several concerned parents yesterday after they learned a local company would be removing asbestos from the school while their children were still inside.
Asbestos found in Robertson Co. Schools’ central office: There’s a mad scramble going on at the Robertson County Schools’ central office after several school employees were reported sick.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (11)
Meso case allowed despite previous agreement releasing company from future liability: A Tennessee appeals court held that a mesothelioma lawsuit was proper despite an agreement reached between a railroad company and its employee releasing it from liability of all past and future personal injury claims while settling an asbestosis case in 2002.
Mr Fluffy asbestos home: Real estate agents face over non-disclosure: Canberra real estate agents have been warned they could be fined if they fail to fully advise potential buyers of homes affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos.
Garlock files plan to resolve asbestos claims: Garlock Sealing Technologies L.L.C. has filed an amended reorganization plan in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to resolve all asbestos claims against the company and allow it to emerge from bankruptcy protection.
Worcester area contractor convicted of illegal asbestos removal, child endangerment: A Webster man has been found guilty of improperly removing and disposing of asbestos and failing to provide a teenager contracted to help with the work with protective clothing during a 2008 job, according to the state attorney general’s office.
Contractor Sentenced To Prison For Contaminating Beach With Asbestos From Condo Renovation: As a result of beach contamination that occurred from illegally pressure washing siding on a high rise condo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, David Braswell has been sentenced in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, for violation of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. § 7412, [enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers]. United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence sentenced Mr. Braswell to six months in prison, six months house arrest, three years supervised release and a $10,000.00 fine.
N.Y. Jury Awards $25 Million in 2 Asbestos Cases Against Crane Co.: A New York jury has awarded $25 million at the end of a consolidated asbestos trial in which two former electricians claimed they developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos-containing products.
Retired firefighter blames the job for his deadly cancer: A retired Merseyside firefighter is suing the fire service for up to £200,000 after he was allegedly exposed to deadly asbestos dust at work. Anthony Cook, 76, was a fireman between 1961 and 1992, operating out of Wallasey, Birkenhead, Upton and Bebington stations.
Asbestos violations bring $36,800 fine: Four companies have been fined a total of $36,800 for violating Oregon’s asbestos law during renovations at a Monmouth apartment last December.
Garlock accused of fraud while alleging fraud by asbestos attorneys: Another group is seeking more under-the-surface information in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy case that has become known for a judge’s ruling that said asbestos attorneys had been withholding information.
U.S. to check asbestos in brake product imports: The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve an appropriations bill that includes a provision ordering the Commerce Department to investigate imports of brake products containing asbestos.
Texaco, Chevron named in suit over man’s death from alleged asbestos exposure: Port Arthur residents are suing Texaco after their family member died from asbestos-related disease.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (7)
Taxpayers to foot bill for asbestos clearance: THE site of Salisbury’s new police custody unit is contaminated with asbestos.
Asbestos removal part of Kroger remodel, expansion: A specially licensed contractor has been brought in to remove asbestos as the east side Kroger is remodeled and expanded, but the Kroger company doesn’t think customers should be alarmed.
Asbestos Abatement in Progress at Red Hook Houses: Asbestos abatement is underway at the Red Hook Houses after the hazardous material was found in rooftop parapets that are being replaced.
Mold, asbestos removed from old Kennett police department: Mold and asbestos has been removed from the old Kennett Police Department, according to Captain Tim Trowbridge.
Asbestos in police basement causes concern: While the township says asbestos in the police department basement is not a health concern, employees who work in the building want a second opinion.
Asbestos found at Stamford police headquarters: City police officers have been sweating it out at the Bedford Street headquarters since asbestos was found in the building’s plaster ceiling last month.
South Orange OKs Additional $262K for Village Hall Asbestos Removal: Removal of asbestos continues to bog down the Village Hall renovation, with the Board of Trustees approving an additional $262,561 for abatement.
MISC. (5)
Mr Fluffy asbestos: Signs Commonwealth may help Canberra households dispossessed by asbestos: There is new hope for Canberra households dealing with the Mr Fluffy asbestos threat, with signs the Commonwealth may help find a solution.
Scheme all set to help mesothelioma victims: A SPECIALIST solicitor is urging people suffering with an asbestos-related cancer to apply for support under a new claim scheme due to start next month.
Portland needs to start regulating asbestos amid infill boom, neighbors say: Neighbors in Southeast Portland want the city to make asbestos regulation a priority after a renovation near Duniway School may have exposed children to the dangerous material.
Hungary: An end to asbestos pollution?: The Association has recently launched a campaign for the registration of all asbestos pollution in the country. They also demand the creation of suitable working conditions for asbestos removal, and urge the recognition of asbestos as the cause of certain diseases as well as the compensation of employees in case of any damage to their health.
Penn researchers get $10 million grant to study asbestos in Ambler: The University of Pennsylvania has received a $10 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study asbestos and its impact on the suburban community of Ambler.

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