Asbestos in the News: Issue 28

Asbestos in the News: Issue 28
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Asbestos victims remembered: Lynn Bruner pinned a snapshot of her dad, Ted Luckham, to a memorial board set up at the Dow People Place just before Saturday’s Walk to Remember Victims of Asbestos. “I miss him deeply,” the Courtright residents said. Luckham died in 1999, at age 69, of mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Bruner said the Imperial Oil Worker only lived long enough to know one of his five grandsons. Others in the crowd of 525 or more at the second annual walk in Sarnia carried photos of loved ones lost to asbestos-caused illness, wore T-shirts honouring victims and carried signs calling for the mineral fibre to be banned in Canada. They included Faye Voisey and other relatives of Wayne Lightfoot, another Imperial Oil worker, who died at age 72 of mesothelioma.
Asbestos prepares for end of asbestos mining : The town of Asbestos is bracing itself for the end of the asbestos mining industry. Premier Pauline Marois announced that her government would not follow through on a loan guarantee to relaunch the Jeffrey Mine.
Costs for Caring for Mesothelioma, Other Cancers Expected to Soar: Cancer-related medical costs are expected to soar in the coming decade, making it more important than ever for mesothelioma victims to seek compensation for their asbestos-related disease. According to an extensive study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and RTI International, cancer treatment costs will rise in every state – some by more than double – by 2020. The expected rise in state-level cancer costs will range from a 115 percent increase in Arizona to a more modest 34 percent increase in Washington D.C. “Over the past 20 years, the cost of treating cancer has nearly doubled,” wrote lead author Justin Trogdon, PhD, of RTI International. “Effective prevention and early detection strategies are needed to limit the growing burden of cancer.”
Asbestos maintained in almost 50 CSULB buildings: Nearly 50 of Cal State Long Beach’s buildings contain the cancer-causing mineral, asbestos, but the environmental health and safety department said students and faculty should not be concerned. When it comes to dealing with the asbestos on campus, the environmental health and safety (EHS) department often resorts to a practice known as “manage in place.” “You have actually a far lower chance of exposing people to asbestos by leaving it alone and keeping it in good shape,” David Beadle, director of the EHS and certified asbestos consultant, said. The Residential Learning College and University Student Union are included among the nearly 50 buildings that are fitted with asbestos containing materials (ACM), according to an asbestos survey performed by the department.
Mount Greylock Regional targeting asbestos removal in high school: The Mount Greylock Regional School District has begun planning for three projects to remove asbestos from certain areas of the high school. Carrie Greene, chairwoman of the Building Subcommittee, said Friday that the areas being targeted for asbestos removal have been identified through inspections and they’re considered a priority. “If we take this building down eventually, the state doesn’t reimburse the removal of any hazardous waste materials. It’s something school’s expected to maintain,” she said. The three projects, which are estimated to total about $20,000, are still in the planning stages with the next step being the design phase, Facilities Supervisor Jesse Wirtes, who is a member of the Building Subcommittee, said Thursday night.
Indian Lake Central faced with asbestos cleanup: In a meeting dominated by updates on the ongoing construction project at the Indian Lake Central School, board members Tuesday, Sept. 18 were faced with spending up to $100,000 more than expected to clean up asbestos from the school. Mari Cecil, of the Bernier Carr Group, the engineering firm on the project, presented the board with estimated costs to mitigate and clean up the surprise asbestos discoveries in a number of areas of the school. She said it would cost about $200,000. A number of scenarios for funding the asbestos mitigation and removal had been suggested by the district’s counsel and fiscal advisor. Cecil presented these alternatives to the board. The $200,000 figure represented three-quarters or more of the amount currently in the district’s general fund. After considering their options — and citing the threat to the health and safety of students, staff, occupants and visitors to the school — board members passed an emergency resolution for funding not to exceed $100,000 to mitigate and clean up two areas key to school operations: the records room and the area beneath the science room.
Teacher died after exposure to asbestos at primary school: Kenneth Wright, 76, of Birchfield Road, Nordelph, died in Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on August 8. An inquest held at the Lynn county court yesterday heard that Mr Wright, who was born in West Ham, had been working in a primary school when he had been exposed to asbestos. The cause of death was given as malignant mesothelioma.
Asbestos exposure caused a deadly cancer: A 62-YEAR-OLD man died from a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos over 24 years. Joseph Peter Boulderstone died on June 1 this year of mesothelioma at Mount Edgecumbe Hospice in Porthpean Road, St Austell. The disease develops from transformed cells originating in the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. An inquest in Truro on Tuesday heard Mr Boulderstone was exposed to asbestos at various times between 1965 and 1989 “without adequate protective clothing”.
CMA backs new federal decision on asbestos: The CMA is “pleased” that the federal government no longer opposes steps to include asbestos in an international list of hazardous substances. The federal decision, announced in September, came a year after the CMA’s General Council declared its “strong opposition” to the government’s original decision to contest the international designation of chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous chemical.
A year later, officer’s asbestos mission still unsettled: Officer Paul Zenak’s trouble with the brass started a year ago, he says, when he was coordinating the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia’s center in Wissinoming. The basement was undergoing renovation, and the officer didn’t like the look of some mold on the pipes that run through the homework room. It was worse than that, a New Jersey contractor named Joe Bailey told him – there was asbestos.
Former Buffalo Bills Player, Contractor Indicted on Federal Charges on Asbestos Abatement Abuses: Former Buffalo Bills fullback Sean P. Doctor and Raj Chopra were indicted on federal charges regarding their companies violating asbestos abatement protocols. Handed down on Thursday, the 16-count indictment also includes violations of the Clean Air Act and conspiracy charges. Doctor, owner and operator of S.D. Specialty Services, and Chopra, owner and operator of Comprehensive Employee Management, both Western New York based companies, worked on several area projects that jeopardized the health and safety of the community. Asbestos abatement or removal is a highly regulated process that ensures the employees that come into contact with the deadly toxin along with others in the area of the removal are protected. Professional asbestos abatement specialists carefully contain and decontaminate buildings that have asbestos.
Md. Chemical Company Blamed For Asbestos In Mont. Town Fights EPA: The federal government is pursuing a tough standard for cleanup of an asbestos-contaminated Montana town that concludes that even a tiny amount of asbestos can cause lung problems. The Maryland chemical company blamed for the pollution in the town of Libby is fighting the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal. W.R. Grace & Co. says the standard could cause unnecessary and expensive cleanups nationwide.
3 sent to prison over Chattanooga asbestos removal: Three men and their company have been sentenced for violating federal environmental laws during the demolition of a Chattanooga textile mill that contained large amounts of asbestos. U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier on Monday sentenced David Wood, James Mathis and Donald Fillers and the Watkins Street Project LLC for convictions of conspiracy and violating clean air laws.
Woman names 78 defendants in asbestos case: A woman is suing 78 companies she claims are responsible for her mesothelioma diagnosis. Iris Bowen was diagnosed with mesothelioma on July 19, according to a complaint filed Aug. 30 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Bowen claims she was exposed to asbestos materials during her employment from 1949 until 1979, and was also exposed due to her late husband’s employment as a coal miner from 1945 until 1979. The defendants are being sued based on theories of negligence, contaminated buildings, breach of expressed/implied warranty, strict liability, intentional tort, conspiracy, misrepresentation and post-sale duty to warn, according to the suit.
Widow wins six-year battle for compensation over husband’s asbestos death: A woman who has won a six-year compensation battle over her husband’s asbestos death says no amount of money will ever repay her for the toll it has taken on her own health. Margaret Cooper will find out in November from the High Court exactly how much she will be awarded, but has been told to expect more than £100,000 and has already had an interim payment. However, she said the grief of losing her husband Kenneth and anxiety of fighting to get justice for him had “shattered” her life – driving her to a nervous breakdown.
Ten arrests in major asbestos dumping raid: Ten people were arrested during dawn raids yesterday following the country’s biggest ever probe into suspected illegal asbestos dumping. Sixty Environment Agency investigators supported by Avon and Somerset Police swooped on several sites as part of Operation Durable. The operation is a major investigation into suspected toxic waste offences by an Avonmouth based company, its Directors and senior management.
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