Asbestos in the News: Issue 65

Asbestos in the News: Issue 65
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 22 stories we thought may interest you!
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Saskatchewan passes mandatory asbestos registry law: Saskatchewan has become the first province to make reporting of asbestos in public buildings mandatory. The province passed legislation Thursday that requires government buildings and hospitals to post on an online registry whether they contain asbestos. The legislation, named Howard’s Law, was introduced by the Opposition NDP last fall in honour of Howard Willems, a former building inspector who died from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that comes from inhaling asbestos fibres.
Facts: Asbestos Causes Mesothelioma Cancer: Asbestos is widely used in buildings, such as houses, industrial and other buildings. Asbestos is a good thing to keep the temperature resistance. However, asbestos can cause contamination that may harmful for health. People who live in places that use asbestos are at risk of cancer, the cancer mesothelioma. This cancer is associated with exposure to asbestos dust. Mesothelioma is derived from the name of the cell that protects and allows for vital organs, like the heart and lungs. The name of the cell in question is the mesothelium cells. Mesothelioma consists of three types, namely: pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma.
Gosforth mum fears for her daughter’s health after the discovery of toxic material: A pregnant mum fears for the health of her young family after asbestos was discovered and left in their Gosforth home. Despite being told of the dangerous find and even making a home visit, Michelle Lee claims staff with contractors used by property owners Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) failed to clear and seal the contaminated site. Instead routine work to remove a gas fire could have resulted in Michelle and her seven-year-old daughter Regina breathing in the potential dangerous spores for three days. Having reported the unwanted discovery on April 12, the family were left to deal with the fall-out over the weekend, clearing up the dust with a vacuum cleaner that has since been confiscated due to contamination fears.
UN Group to Debate Asbestos/Mesothelioma Link: The link between chrysotile asbestos and illnesses such as mesothelioma will be high on the agenda when the sixth UN Rotterdam Convention meets in Geneva, Switzerland in late April. The group, made up of representatives from around the world, will be considering whether or not chrysotile or white asbestos will finally be added to the list of Controlled Hazardous Substances. The Rotterdam Convention was assembled in 2002 with the goal of protecting people and the environment from toxic chemicals like asbestos. However, in order to include chrysotile asbestos on the list, the vote of all represented countries must be unanimous. In the past, countries that still export, import or use asbestos, including Canada, Brazil, Russia and India, have worked to keep chrysotile off the toxic list. India withdrew its objection in 2011, but Canada has held its ground. A naturally-occurring mineral, asbestos was once highly prized as a strong, inexpensive and heat-resistant additive to insulation and many building products. But after medical studies linked it to mesothelioma, lung cancer and chronic illnesses like asbestosis, the use of asbestos dropped dramatically. Many countries have banned the substance. According to an article in The Lancet, chrysotile asbestos is the only type still produced and accounts for more than 95% of all asbestos mined.
Montvale to have asbestos removed from Fieldstone Middle School this summer: An asbestos abatement project is scheduled to take place at Fieldstone Middle School in the summer, Business Administrator Marian Latz announced at the April 15 Board of Education meeting. The asbestos, which Latz said is currently not airborne and of no danger to the children and staff, is located in an “undisturbed, inaccessible area” in between the ceiling and the roof in the hallway near the entrance of the school on Spring Valley Road in the “oldest section” of the building, Latz said.
Teacher Wants School Board to “Come Clean” about Asbestos Violations: A Chicago-area teacher just wants to know the truth, he told members of the North Shore School District 112 at a meeting earlier this week. For several years, says fifth-grade teacher Steve Bartel, he’s been concerned about multiple asbestos violations regarding a number of the district’s schools, and believes he and his fellow faculty members, staff, and parents have a right to know what transpired. District officials say there’s no reason for worry.
Former power station worker was killed by continued Asbestos exposure: Asbestos exposure during years of working at power stations was the cause of death for a 72-year-old Bushey man, an inquest heard yesterday. Robert Kynaston, of Orchard Close, was admitted to the Peace Hospice, Peace Drive, Watford, in January, suffering from breathlessness and a loss of appetite.
Mesothelioma Patients Undergo World’s First Robot-Assisted Surgery at University of Arizona: In 2010, Jonathan C. Daniel, MD, Thoracic Surgeon and Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery began offering extrapleural pneumonectomy surgery for mesothelioma patients – the first for residents of southern Arizona. With the introduction of this surgery, Daniel hoped to turn UA into the premier center for mesothelioma treatment in the Southwest.
Different Types of Mesothelioma Cancer Treatments: If someone is in the unfortunate position to be suffering from mesothelioma cancer they are likely to be offered a choice of treatments, which will be dependent on several factors relating to the patients age and general health, the stage of the disease, and the particular area of the cancer. Basically, there are three main types of mesothelioma cancer treatments offered to the patient
Nanotechnology for Treatment of Mesothelioma Fluid: A new article on diagnostic advances predicts some good news for mesothelioma patients and their doctors. Mesothelioma is an aggressive malignancy that most often occurs in the membrane around the lungs (pleura) but can also arise in the abdominal wall or around the heart. It is known to be caused by exposure to asbestos, but its long latency period and vague early symptoms can make it difficult to diagnose until in its later stages. At that point, mesothelioma is also less survivable.
Stem Cells Derived from Fat Tissue May be Used in the Future for Mesothelioma Treatment: Stem cell research is one area that has shown promise in the fight against cancer. Last year researchers at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center reported that lung cancer stem cells can lead to a “new avenue” for immunotherapy treatment options that specifically target stem cells. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that using stem cells from human fat could be used to “to create cancer-fighting cells.” This finding brings hope to patients with aggressive cancers including glioblastoma, which was the basis of the study, and mesothelioma.
Hoboken PBA calls for total evacuation of headquarters while asbestos is being removedHoboken Police Benevolent Association President Vincent Lombardi is calling on the city to clear police headquarters on Hudson Street of personnel while contractors remove asbestos-tainted tiles from the lobby. A contractor began removing the tiles yesterday and city officials say the work should be completed by tomorrow.
More asbestos found at children’s oval: Widespread asbestos contamination has again been discovered across a children’s football field in Rockdale, prompting fears the oval may have long been a dumping ground. The shock discovery of chunks of asbestos in the topsoil on the Ador Avenue ground was made after Rockdale City Council had spent almost $600,000 cleaning up an illegal dumping of asbestos-contaminated soil at the site in 2010.
The Public Eye: Possible asbestos exposure of Sacramento County workers alleged: A Sacramento County safety inspector alleges county workers may have suffered asbestos exposure last year after managers did not take proper steps when cleaning up fallen ceiling material. A water leak Aug. 20 caused material to fall from a third-floor ceiling containing asbestos at Sacramento County’s old administrative building downtown. About 230 employees work in the Seventh Street structure, which also receives public traffic at service counters.
Companies to clean up asbestos at Chicago site: Three companies accused of improperly handling asbestos at an old Chicago hotel will halt renovations at the 9-story building until contamination is cleaned up. The Illinois attorney general’s office and the city of Chicago took legal action after officials discovered the companies failed to follow proper asbestos-handling procedures, leading to unsafe levels of the mineral in the building.
Wife sues over husband’s asbestos-related death: Claiming her husband died from asbestos exposure, Carol Phillips and the Estate of Robert Lee Phillips filed suit against ABB Combustion Engineering Inc., Centerpoint Energy Inc., Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., Nebraska Public Power District, and City of Grand Island in St. John the Baptist District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on April 2. Phillips worked for the defendants for various times from 1956 until 1980. The lawsuit argues that he was exposed, on numerous occasions, to asbestos or asbestos-containing products and inhaled great quantities of asbestos fibers. Phillips developed mesothelioma and ultimately died as a result of his alleged exposure, the suit claims.
Clean up call as lethal asbestos loophole is still open decade on: Homes, schools and offices can be contaminated by deadly asbestos and other hazardous dust released when neighbouring industrial buildings are knocked down. However there is no one agency in overall control of such demolitions in Scotland – with even Holyrood ministers previously admitting to “gaps” in public protection. Council planning officers, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) all have limited responsibilities but often fail to work together effectively.
Former foreman at asbestos-removing project at Virginia Tech admits violating Clean Air Act: The government says a Richmond man has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act for improperly disposing of asbestos-containing materials at a job he oversaw at Virginia Tech. Prosecutors say 52-year-old Edward K. Durst entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. He was the foreman of an asbestos company that was hired to remove materials from Tech’s Cowgill Hall in 2007. The asbestos was contained in window frames.
NJ hits Paterson with 43 OSHA violations, including 13 for asbestos removal: The state labor department has determined that Paterson officials committed 13 “serious” employee health violations when several municipal workers were exposed to asbestos during an office renovation project last year. The labor department inspection report, which was issued in March, says the city failed to provide proper supervision, training, monitoring and safety equipment to employees who peeled asbestos tiles from second-floor offices at 133 Ellison Street.
Possible Changes to Asbestos Litigation: Proposed changes to asbestos claims have some people worried the alterations will slow down the asbestos lawsuit process, delaying lawsuits until plaintiffs have died. But the lawmaker who proposed the changes says they will help clarify whom plaintiffs hold responsible for asbestos cancer claims.
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EPA blamed for delaying asbestos study in Montana: Internal investigators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday over years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town where hundreds of people have died from asbestos exposure. The EPA’s Office of Inspector General said in a report that the studies are necessary to determine whether expensive, ongoing cleanup efforts are working in the town of Libby.
Asbestos still an issue at Nunavut gold mine: More than a year after Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. first detected naturally-occurring asbestos found at its Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, the company continues to deal with asbestos at the mine site. Asbestos is often associated with gold-rich rocks. The problem is that asbestos is also linked to a variety of lung ailments and cancers, mainly affecting those who have worked or used asbestos in their everyday jobs for many years, according to the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center.

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