Asbestos in the News: Issue 17

Asbestos in the News: Issue 17
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 14 stories we thought may interest you!
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New Jersey Man Released Asbestos at Daycare Center: A contractor from Woodbridge, NJ is in custody after authorities learned that he allowed for the release of dangerous asbestos fibers at a New Jersey daycare center and other locations around the state. According to an article in the Express-Times as well as several other media reports, police arrested William T. Muzzio Jr. after discovering that he did not have a license to perform asbestos abatement nor did he know the proper methods for accomplishing asbestos removal. Court documents note that Muzzio’s shoddy work resulted in the release of asbestos fibers in at least 10 of the 36 locations where he illegally removed or sealed asbestos materials.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Confirms U.S. Consumption of Asbestos Fiber Increased 13% in 2011: The following statement was issued today by Linda Reinstein, Co-Founder, President & CEO of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), regarding the 2011 U.S. Geological Mineral Yearbook confirming the U.S. consumption of asbestos fiber increased 13%. “As a Mesothelioma widow and asbestos awareness advocate, I was appalled and shocked by the 2011 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Yearbook (Advance Release) which reported ‘apparent consumption of asbestos was calculated to be 1,180 metric tons in 2011, a 13% increase from 1,040 metric tons.’ “Asbestos remains legal and lethal in the United States. USGS reported, ‘that 140 metric tons of chrysotile imported in 2011 went into stocks for future use rather than being used because it was unlikely that markets had expanded. Roofing products accounted for 41% of U.S. consumption.’ The facts are irrefutable, asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure.

‘Holmes on Homes’ Reminds Homeowners of Asbestos Dangers in DIY Projects: Internationally acclaimed contractor and star of HGTV’s popular “Holmes on Homes” program, Mike Holmes urges contractors, handymen and do-it-yourselfers to use proper protection while working in a new piece for the National Post. Conditions within a home or building may not be entirely known, and working without protective gear may cause some severe health conditions. To Holmes, it is not a laughing matter. According to Holmes, some older, more experienced contractors remember working on job sites where it was known asbestos was present and no one on the crew wore protective gear. These contractors “joke about it now that they know the risks: ‘there goes 10 years off my life.’”
In developing nations, asbestos exposure may become more widespread, thanks to lobbying and poverty: In developing nations, asbestos exposure may become more widespread, thanks to lobbying and poverty. More than 50 nations have banned asbestos outright. The U.S. has tightly restricted its use (though a full ban is nowhere in sight). Yet, in developing nations, the use of the fiber – and so, the incidence of asbestos exposure – is skyrocketing, a trend that will boost the worldwide prevalence of mesothelioma.
Nine Schools Treated by Fake Asbestos Removal Contractor Will Open on Time: The nine township schools treated by a Woodbridge asbestos removal contractor who wasn’t licensed for the work are being tested again – this time, to make sure they’re safe for children to return to when school opens in September. Woodbridge Schools Superintendent John Crowe said that the nine affected schools throughout the district are being tested for asbestos by RAM Environmental Services.
More asbestos abatement required at Peru Central: Summer renovations to Peru Central Intermediate School have necessitated additional asbestos abatement. The hazardous material was recently removed from hallway ceilings on both floors of the Intermediate School after it was unexpectedly disturbed during renovations to the building. Peru Central School Superintendent Dr. Patrick Brimstein said the abatement came at a cost of $20,000.
Asbestos found in 75% of council-run Devon schools: Asbestos is present in about 75% of council-run schools in Devon, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act. Some people want it completely removed, but a government expert said disturbing it could be more harmful. Asbestos, which used to be a common building material, is no longer used. Education authorities in Devon, Torbay and Plymouth have insisted regular checks are done to ensure asbestos does not pose a health risk.
Asbestos issue closes Riverside school: Hale Road Elementary may remain closed past the start of the school year after the presence of asbestos was detected in the building. School officials placed a sign on the front door of the school warning people to stay out.
Earlier detection of mesothelioma no guarantee of improved outcome: Early detection of cancer is a proven, effective tool in treating many variations of the disease. And it remains a focus for research in the field of mesothelioma. Yet it might be little more than fool’s gold in this case. There are no guarantees. Even leaders in the field, those working tirelessly to find in-roads to help people who develop mesothelioma, admit there is no definitive proof that early detection of mesothelioma actually can extend anyone’s chances of survival.
Asbestos Closes Portion of Portsmouth Police Station: The Portsmouth, New Hampshire Police Station had to temporarily close a portion of its building over the weekend when contractors working in the lobby discovered that there was asbestos in the floor tiles and the adhesive underneath them. An article in the online edition of the Portsmouth Herald reported that several workers conducting a lobby renovation project over the weekend discovered the toxic material, prompting them to seal off the lobby, preventing the public as well as all city workers from entering the area.
Laws and Regulations of Asbestos Removal: When it comes to the removal, or abatement, of asbestos there are strict guidelines that must be followed. As it is very well established that asbestos is an extremely dangerous mineral these laws and regulations of asbestos removal are important for all parties involved; the property owners, the contractors, any tenants, and additionally any workers that may be near the area that poses an asbestos risk.
Former Toyota employee’s widow wants asbestos settlement to be a lesson for others: Former Toyota employee’s widow wants asbestos settlement to be a lesson for others. A year after tragically losing her husband to asbestos-related cancer, Melbourne widow Lisa Mugg has described a WorkCover settlement in excess of half a million dollars as bittersweet. The Seaford resident, whose husband Farid Moghaddas contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos when he worked at Toyota’s Port Melbourne factory in the 1980s, will receive $476,000 plus interest and a pension for three years. Lisa wants the settlement to send a message to other families devastated by the deadly disease that they are entitled to pursue compensation for their loss.

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City of Joplin Still Addressing Asbestos Problems from Last Year’s Storms: They’re an eyesore in the neighborhood; unlivable homes that were pounded by the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri last summer. But demolishing them is both complicated and costly because many of them contain building materials that are full of dangerous asbestos, say city authorities. The city’s Building Board of Appeals has identified nearly 300 homes that contain unsafe building materials and hope to begin addressing them in the next stage of clean-up, reports a story aired on KODE-Joplin. The city has posted warning signs on these homes, prompting concern by area residents who fear that damaged asbestos siding, for example, could be resulting in contamination of the air via the release of dangerous asbestos fibers, especially during winds and rain storms. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause all sorts of lung-related diseases, including mesothelioma and other cancers.
Asbestos fears grow over huge Chch housing fix: Up to 36,000 quake-damaged Christchurch homes may be tested for asbestos providing a bonanza for companies in the asbestos testing and removal business. Asbestos fibres are a potential health hazard because of their association with cancer and were used building materials, such as textured ceilings, cladding, roofing, and in backing for older floor tiles and vinyl. The material normally poses little risk unless disturbed – which is increasingly an issue in Christchurch were so many damaged homes are being repaired or demolished.

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