Asbestos in the News: Issue 124

Asbestos in the News: Issue 124
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 28 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
Remove asbestos from all schools, pleads cancer payout mother: A woman with terminal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos when she was a pupil today called for the deadly substance to be removed from all school buildings.
Family gets $18.6M Goodyear mesothelioma case: The family of a Tyler man, who died after contracting mesothelioma after years of exposure working at the Kelly Springfield/Goodyear plant, was awarded $18.6 million by a Dallas County jury last week, and attorneys for the plaintiff said the amount was warranted.
Mesothelioma Awareness Day will be observed on Sept. 26: Mesothelioma Awareness Day, Sept. 26, is a day recognized by both New Jersey and U.S. legislative resolutions. One third of meso patients have been exposed to asbestos in our nation’s shipyards, others through home renovation, or laundering exposed clothes. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and is one of the most aggressive cancers.It grows in linings of lungs, heart, abdomen and testes until it can strangle those organs. NJ is 5th in meso mortality.
Asbestos: the killer that still surrounds us: Andrew Lawson was the kind of man whose force of personality could shake things up, even in a gargantuan organisation like the NHS. A consultant anaesthetist, he devoted his career to sparing the sick both the agonies of illness and the torments of treatment. Among those who sought him out, his wife remembers, was an MI6 officer who had to live with the crippling after-effects of torture.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (4)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cases linked with asbestos exposure: Some cases of the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) may be linked with asbestos exposure, according to the results of a new study.
Can Mesothelioma Be Diagnosed with Lung Fluid Alone?: The diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma can be a complicated process, but a team of Japanese scientists says it can be greatly simplified by the right kind of test at the right time.
Organ Grown in the Lab May Some Day Lead to Enhanced Immune System in Mesothelioma Patients: In the past, scientists have developed synthetic, polymer organs, often called organs-on-a-chip, in order to better understand how cancer cells react to drugs and therapies. Now, researchers in Scotland have grown a “fully functional organ” in a mouse’s body by using cells created in a lab. The lab-grown thymus, which is where T-Cells are made, could result in a breakthrough in enhancing patients’ immune systems leading to an improved ability to fight off infections and cancers, such as mesothelioma.
Cancer Vaccine Holds Promise for Mesothelioma Treatment: Mesothelioma specialists often pay close attention to emerging cancer treatments to see if they can help in battling this rare disease. Lately, research on vaccines that treat ovarian cancer has captured the attention of many mesothelioma researchers and specialists.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
East Penn plans to remove asbestos buried near elementary school: The East Penn School District in Lehigh County plans to remove construction debris containing asbestos that the district buried in the woods behind one of its elementary schools last year.
Asbestos present in campus buildings: Recent construction in the quad to remove asbestos has brought attention to the presence of the potentially hazardous material on other parts of campus, such as in residence halls and class buildings.
Parents ‘kept in the dark’ over toxic asbestos discovery at Harrow school: Parents feel they were “kept in the dark” after the discovery of toxic asbestos on school grounds was not mentioned in a letter explaining why the beginning of the new academic year was delayed.
Students return to school damaged by cold, asbestos: The first day of school at the Peck Place School in Orange looked normal, but nothing has been normal about this school in the last year.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (13)
James Hardie asbestos compensation scheme millions short after big dividends: The asbestos compensation body funded by James Hardie may need to draw on a taxpayer-backed loan arrangement to pay asbestos victims despite James Hardie showering its own investors with $US556 million in dividends in the past two years.
La. asbestos attorneys want clients’ info to remain sealed in Garlock case: The first motion to seal in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy proceeding was filed on Thursday by Louisiana asbestos attorneys, exactly one week before the deadline.
New York Property Owner and Manager Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison for Conspiring to Violate the Clean Air Act: John Francis Mills, 64, the owner of more than a dozen properties in Malone, New York, and Terrance Allen, 57, the maintenance manager of Mills’ properties, were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy to serve 21 months each in prison for conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act standards for the safe removal of asbestos during renovations of three of Mills’ properties, for releasing asbestos into the environment and failing to notify the authorities, all in violation of the Clean Air Act’s asbestos work practice standards, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Fraud charges reinstated against Cahill Gordon over asbestos case: International firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel, one of the most profitable in the US, is facing charges of fraud and fraud concealment after a federal appeals court reinstated the charges.
Judge Refuses to Dismiss Asbestos Lawsuit: Although many asbestos lawsuits are filed by employees who allege they were exposed to asbestos in the course of their work, some asbestos claims are known as “take-home asbestos exposure.” These asbestos mesothelioma cases allege that the person who developed the disease did not work with it, but was exposed to it by a loved one who brought asbestos fibers home on his or her clothing.
BASF Must Face Asbestos Coverup Fraud Claims, Court Says: BASF SE (BAS), the world’s biggest chemical maker, was ordered to face claims it fraudulently hid evidence that its talc products contained asbestos as it sought to scuttle thousands of personal-injury lawsuits.
Wisconsin AG fines demo firm for asbestos violatio: The office of Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has obtained a judgment against PJC Group LLC, requiring the company to pay $47,272 in forfeitures, court costs and mandatory surcharges for violating Wisconsin laws requiring an inspection for asbestos and the safe removal of any asbestos before renovation or demolition begins.
Asbestos MDL judge rules Boeing owed no duty to spouse for take-home exposure: Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, who oversees an asbestos multidistrict litigation in Philadelphia federal court, has ruled that Pennsylvania law does not support imposing a duty to warn of take-home exposure in asbestos litigation.
Son files suit against numerous companies after father dies of mesothelioma: A man has filed a wrongful death suit against the City of New Orleans and numerous companies after his father contracted and died from mesothelioma.
Ulverston widow seeks justice over late husband’s asbestos-related death: THE widow of a former Ulverston pig farm worker is taking legal action over his death from an asbestos-related disease.
Anderson man sentenced for knowing endangerment by release of asbestos: Scott William Farmer, 37, of Anderson, was sentenced Aug. 19 in federal court in Spartanburg for knowing endangerment by release of asbestos, a violation of 42 U.S.C. § 7413(c)(5).
Hove company fined for ignoring asbestos regulations: A Hove-based company which flouted asbestos regulations has been prosecuted for safety breaches and fined nearly £20,000.
OSHA Cites Douglass Colony Group Inc. For 11 Violations; Exposing Workers To Asbestos: Commercial roofer Douglass Colony Group Inc. was cited for four repeat and seven serious violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to protect workers from exposure to asbestos at a Denver work site. Proposed penalties total $81,000.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Inspectors find asbestos and lead at Normandy Park Recreation: Results from an inspection by Washington’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirm that traces of lead and asbestos are in the paint and insulation at Normandy Park’s recreation center.
Mesothelioma Victims Center Points To Recent US Capital Shutdown As Indication That Many Older Buildings Can Still Put People At Risk For Exposure To Asbestos: The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “It is amazing to think the possibility of light exposure to asbestos could actually shut down the US Congress, but that is exactly what happened on July 10th of 2014. Today, whole buildings are shut down at the slightest possibility of asbestos, as opposed to no action being taken decades ago for workers exposed to the toxic and damaging effects of asbestos on a daily basis.
MISC. (1)
$8 Million Grant for Penn Mesothelioma Program to Study Effects of Therapy Plus Surgery on Patient Survival & Disease Progression: Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute have received an $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the effects of photodynamic light therapy (PDT) in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive and deadly cancer that most often manifests itself in the lining of the lungs and is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. The grant will fund a clinical trial and additional studies looking at the effects of PDT on the patient’s immune response, the tumor cell itself and the blood vessels surrounding the tumor.

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