Asbestos in the News: Issue 128

Asbestos in the News: Issue 128
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 42 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor: Outlawed in much of the developed world, asbestos is still going strong in the developing one. In India alone, the world’s biggest asbestos importer, it’s a $2 billion industry providing 300,000 jobs.
Suburban asbestos deaths blamed on ‘factory of death’: MORE than a dozen deaths in a Melbourne suburb have been blamed on an asbestos factory where children once played in piles of the deadly dust.
Home renovators the third wave of cancer victims being hit with asbestos-related diseases: WEEKEND warriors are playing “renovation roulette” — with asbestos fuelling a “third wave” of cancer victims, according to experts.
Asbestos victims win landmark legal battle as state faulted for poor ventilation: In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court said Thursday the government acted illegally in failing to mandate ventilation to protect workers at asbestos mills, holding the state liable for ¥330 million in compensation.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (10)
Protein Discovery Could Open Door to New Treatment for 1 in 5 Mesothelioma Patients: A protein expressed on the surface of some mesothelioma cells may play a significant role in how long mesothelioma patients survive. It may also offer a new way to treat the asbestos-linked cancer.
Winemaker’s Mesothelioma Blamed on Asbestos Filter: There is new evidence that some wine-making practices could increase the chance of developing malignant pleural mesothelioma. Italian researchers are reporting the first case of mesothelioma in a person whose only known exposure to asbestos was in the winemaking business.
Aduro BioTech Announces Interim Phase 1B Clinical Data of CRS-207 for the Treatment of Mesothelioma Accepted for Oral Presentation at the International Mesothelioma Interest Group Conference: Aduro BioTech, Inc., a leader in cancer immunotherapy, today announced that interim data from the Phase 1B clinical trial of its CRS-207 cancer immunotherapy in combination with chemotherapy as a front line treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma.
A “SMART” Treatment for Mesothelioma Doubles Survival: Any treatment that doubles the length of survival for cancer patients is a SMART treatment for any cancer, especially mesothelioma. The “SMART” treatment stands for Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Therapy.1 Drs. Cho and colleagues tested the feasibility of treating mesothelioma with precisely delivered radiation therapy first, before surgery in 25 patients.1 The idea is to fry most of the mesothelioma cells with radiation therapy and then remove any remaining tumor and any damaged lung tissue.
Brigham and Women’s Study Shows Benefits of EPP Mesothelioma Surgery: The most aggressive surgical procedure for pleural mesothelioma, which involves removing a lung, the pericardium and major parts of the diaphragm, should remain a viable option for select patients, despite the growing debate over its usefulness.
PD-L1 a possible immunotherapy target in mesothelioma: Approximately 20% of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma have cancer cells that express a protein called programmed cell-death ligand 1 (PD-L1), which is associated with poorer outcomes, according to research presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain.
Scientists Say Blood Pressure Drug Stops Mesothelioma Tumor Growth in Mice: Japanese researchers say a medicine currently used to treat high blood pressure and certain prostate conditions may have the potential to treat malignant pleural mesothelioma.
New Report Finds MRI Assessment Technique May Make Surgical Biopsies Unnecessary for Some Mesothelioma Patients: Belgian scientists say a new method of reading MRI images may eventually replace the need for surgical biopsies in some patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
MicroRNA Research Could Lead to New Treatment for Mesothelioma: In the quest for an effective treatment against lung cancer and mesothelioma, researchers often dig deep into the genetic makeup of the diseases to understand how they grow. By figuring that out, they can then counteract the aggressive cancers by halting the growth. Researchers now say that it is a pair of microRNAs that should be the focus for suppressing tumor growth in lung cancer.
NCI Study Finds Orphan Drug May Extend Mesothelioma Survival: Scientists say the monoclonal antibody amatuximab may improve outcomes for mesothelioma patients on standard chemotherapy.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (9)
Back to (temporary) school for Huntington Beach kids displaced by asbestos: Overall, some 1,600 elementary students from three Ocean View District schools shuttered over possible asbestos contamination arrived at nine campuses across four school districts Thursday morning.
EPA Grant Helps Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Texas Schools: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Texas Department of State Health Services a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $124,741 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited.
Oklahoma Receives Grant to Reduce Asbestos in Schools: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $204,000 grant for Oklahoma to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools.
Asbestos Hits Campus: An asbestos abatement notice was posted on a door in Rawl over fall break. The notice was to inform staff and students that asbestos was discovered on all of the three floor hallways.
Yardleys School in Tyseley in asbestos closure row with Birmingham City Council: Headteacher hits back at council claims that the school is safe to open – and posts photos of asbestos clean-up workers on site.
Former teacher Joe Gallagher died of terminal cancer after being exposed to asbestos while working at Warslow Secondary School: A former teacher died of terminal cancer after being exposed to asbestos during his time working at a Staffordshire Moorlands school.
East Penn board accused of asbestos cover-up: A barrage of questions – as well as accusations of an asbestos cover-up – was fired at East Penn School Board by several residents Monday night.
Calls for removal of asbestos in Leeds schools: Campaigners are calling for asbestos to be removed from classrooms after new figures reveal nearly three-quarters of schools in Leeds contain the dust.
Boston school opening delayed by asbestos find: Schoolchildren are waiting to move into a new £4m building after its planned September opening was delayed. Boston Pioneers Free School Academy, which is run by the Phoenix Family of Schools Academy Trust, was due to move its pupils from Tunnard Street into the new site on Fydell Crescent in September 2014. David Tebbutt, Trust Leader for Business, said the school had been delayed for a number of reasons including asbestos being found.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (12)
Dunning no closer to asbestos compensation: A CESSNOCK man awarded a record $2.2million payout for mesothelioma is stunned that BHP Billiton is appealing the verdict.
Pa. Law Shields Heidelberg From Worker Asbestos Suit: A Pennsylvania federal judge dismissed a successor to the Mergenthaler Linotype company, Heidelberg USA Inc., from an asbestos wrongful death suit on Wednesday, ruling that the plaintiff failed to demonstrate asbestos exposure occurred with the frequency and regularity required under Pennsylvania state product liability law.
Family of man who died of mesothelioma take former employer to court: Three judges have allowed the family of a man who died from mesothelioma to take his former employer to court over claims the firm caused him to contract the illness.
Asbestos victims deserve relief: The Supreme Court, in a recent ruling that awarded state compensation to health problems suffered by former employees at asbestos mills in Osaka Prefecture, has made it clear that the government — with its regulatory powers — is responsible for ensuring the safety and health of workers at industrial sites. Since it takes decades for symptoms to emerge in patients after they have inhaled asbestos dust, the scope of health damage might expand beyond the people who have so far taken legal actions to seek compensation. The government needs to take the top court decision seriously and move quickly to offer financial help to the victims, many of whom are already advanced in age.
We’ll Fight Hardie on Asbestos: Unions: The nation’s leading union body has signalled its intention to fight any attempt by James Hardie to avoid meeting an expected shortfall in funds available to compensate victims of asbestos diseases, according to media reports.
Residents Ask City to Stop Mt. Manresa Demolition After Asbestos Violations: Angry residents demanded the city halt work at Mount Manresa at Tuesday night’s Community Board 1 meeting after construction crews were fined $67,000 for lying about asbestos.
Washington Supreme Court Ratifies Employer Immunity for Asbestos Exposure: The Washington Supreme Court recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer defending an asbestos lawsuit brought by a former employee. In Walston v. Boeing Co., No. 88511-7 (September 18, 2014), the Supreme Court confirmed that Washington’s workers’ compensation scheme largely immunizes employers from civil liability suits, even when a risk of harm is known by the employer.
Employers’ Asbestos Liabilities Do Not Extend to Workers’ Spouses: Two federal judges recently dismissed the claims of the spouses of workers who purportedly carried asbestos fibers home from their workplaces. In July 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma dismissed a case alleging that an employer negligently allowed a worker to bring asbestos fibers home on his clothes that caused mesothelioma to develop in his wife, holding that the defendant company was not aware of the danger at the time. (Bootenhoff et al. v. Hormel Foods Corporation et al., 2014 WL 3810383, August 1, 2014.) Judge Eduardo C. Robreno of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who oversees the federal asbestos MDL, interpreted Pennsylvania law and issued a similar ruling. (Gillen v. The Boeing Company et al., 2014 WL 4211354, August 26, 2014.)
Malone men get prison for improper asbestos removal: A Malone property owner and his employee will begin serving prison sentences later this month after pleading guilty to federal charges relating to an asbestos-renovation project.
High Court ruling over ‘Swindon disease’ welcomed by asbestos cancer legal expert: Leading industrial disease solicitor Brigitte Chandler, a partner in law firm Charles Lucas & Marshall’s Swindon office, has welcomed a legal ruling meaning people dying from cancer caused by asbestos exposure will not have to pay legal fees out of damages they have been awarded.
Asbestos victims react with fury to court claim changes: ASBESTOS campaigners have reacted with anger at court changes they feel downgrades their compensation claims.
British Employer Fined for Flouting Asbestos Regulations: British authorities don’t take kindly to businesses that do not enforce asbestos regulations. A Hove-based firm has been fined after it flouted asbestos regulations and removed some of the dangerous material just three weeks after being refused a license to carry out such work.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Poughkeepsie asbestos removal planned because of grant: A $100,000 grant will be used to rid a local community center of asbestos, said Family Services officials via news release.
Questions remain over Stamford police relocation: When, and if, city police officers will move from their Bedford Street headquarters after federal safety inspectors found asbestos in a plaster ceiling this spring remains an open question, city officials said this week.
Asbestos Concerns Close Groton City Hall: Groton city offices and the Groton Utilities building were closed Monday over asbestos concerns, according to the city’s official Facebook page.
MISC. (4)
Asbestos warning for homeowners: Canterbury homeowners carrying out their own earthquake repairs could be at risk of asbestos contamination, government and local body agencies warn.
WorkCover finds loose-fill asbestos in Sydney homes for first time; more positive tests in city likely: Deadly loose-fill asbestos has been discovered in houses in Sydney’s western and northern suburbs, the ABC has learned, the first positive tests for the carcinogen in the city.
HSE revives asbestos awareness programme: The free Beware Asbestos web app, for phones, tablets and laptops (www.beware-asbestos.info) leads tradespeople through a list of simple multiple-choice questions about the type of building they are working in, the job that they are doing, and the type of asbestos containing material they are working on.
Navy seeking more time to rid ships of asbestos: The Naval Service is seeking more time from the Heath & Safety Authority (HSA) to remove asbestos from two ships which have been out of commission since last May.

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