Asbestos in the News: Issue 44

Asbestos in the News: Issue 44
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 6 stories we thought may interest you!
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A.M. Best revises estimate for U.S. asbestos insurance losses to $85 billion: A.M. Best Company Inc. recently released a revised estimate of $85 billion, net of reinsurance, in losses due to asbestos claims to the United States property and casualty insurance industry. Annual losses for both asbestos and environmental is now $127 billion, the Oldwick, N.J. credit rating agency stated in a special report released Dec. 10. All figures are in U.S. currency. The “net ultimate” asbestos losses for the U.S. property and casualty insurance industry is now $10 billion more than the previous estimate, A.M. Best says.
Biomarkers detected mesothelioma after asbestos exposure: A novel blood-based proteomics assay identified malignant pleural mesothelioma in individuals exposed to asbestos, according to study findings published in PloS One. “In the next 25 years, it is estimated that the diagnosis of [malignant mesothelioma] will increase 5% to 10% each year until 2020 in most industrialized countries, at a cost of $200 billion in the US and nearly $300 billion worldwide,” Rachel M. Ostroff, PhD, clinical research director at SomaLogic in Boulder, Colo., and colleagues wrote. “The interval between asbestos exposure and the development of [malignant mesothelioma] ranges from 25 to 71 years, yet this disease is often fatal within 1 year of diagnosis. The large gap between asbestos exposure and disease lends itself to surveillance in the high-risk population with the goal of detecting early, treatable disease.”
Montevallo Elementary gets new principal as mold, asbestos concerns persist: The Shelby County Board of Education tonight approved the hiring of Allison Campbell as the new principal of Montevallo Elementary School, which closed under an emergency action last week to correct mold and asbestos issues. “I appreciate your vote of confidence and I am extremely excited” about the opportunity, Campbell said after the board’s unanimous vote during its meeting at the district offices in Columbiana. She said she is looking forward to building partnerships with parents, city leaders and others in the community. “I look forward to making Montevallo Elementary the best it can be,” she said.
Post-storm Health Impact Forum Centers on Asbestos, Mold: Six professionals from various government agencies addressed a crowd of storm victims in Wall Township, New Jersey yesterday, intent on getting the word out about the dangers left behind in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated much of coastal New Jersey in late October. According to an article in the Star-Ledger, Monday’s panel discussion focused mostly on do-it-yourselfers who are taking it upon themselves to clean up what’s left of their homes as well as volunteers who are still arriving to assist with the clean up. Asbestos, mold, and lead paint are major concerns, said the experts, especially when those doing the clean-up work aren’t professionals and don’t know how to take the proper precautions to avoid issues such as the inhalation of asbestos fibers, which can cause mesothelioma and other cancers.
Audit shows asbestos troubles continued on BC Ferries: A BC Ferries official worried in an email that continued problems with asbestos would leave the publicly owned company vulnerable to a $150,000 fine if its management of the material again comes to WorkSafe BC’s attention. In 2010 the cafeteria on the Queen of Burnaby, running between Comox and Powell River, was temporarily closed while WorkSafe BC investigated and BC Ferries conducted tests on loose material. Inhaled asbestos fibres can cause various often fatal diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
MISC. (1)
The asbestos panic: In 1971, I did my very first asbestos inspection and air sampling. I had lectured to my environmental geology class about asbestos hazards and one student who had just inherited a factory asked if the fibrous “stuff” falling from the ceiling might be a problem. That the factory had asbestos wasn’t a surprise. For decades, asbestos was seen as a wonder material — cheap, readily available and, yes, safe. It the 1960s and 1970s, it ended up being used in more than 3,300 common products and was especially useful in construction, where it served as both a fireproofing insulator in high-rise buildings and as an acoustical barrier, especially in schools. The first third of the floors of the World Trade Center even had asbestos as an insulator, until . . .

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