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February is National Cancer Prevention Month

Cancer is the second most leading cause of death in the United States affecting over 500,000 people. However, is estimated that 1/3 of all cancers could be prevented through daily activities such as eating healthy, exercising, or simply applying sunscreen on a sunny day.  Cancers caused by asbestos exposure are life-threatening, but perhaps the most

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Partial Repeal in the ACA Preserves Provisions for Residents in Libby, Montana

The dangers of asbestos have affected thousands of residents in the small town of Libby, Montana for decades. In 1919, the town that was once known for its logging industry discovered vermiculite mines – a naturally occurring mineral that is useful for fire-proofing, wall and loft insulation, and even soil conditioning.  W.R. Grace bought the

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Mesothelioma Incidence Rates Around the World

Thousands of people each year are diagnosed with and die from asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma in the United States each year. But how does that compare to the rest of the world? Even though asbestos is still legal in the United States, the United States’ incidence rate for mesothelioma is not the highest

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Asbestos brake pads can still endanger your health

Asbestos exposure is commonly associated with occupation, specifically in mills and plants, but many miss the risks found in everyday products. Even though the Environmental Protection Agency began regulating the use of asbestos products more than thirty years ago, most of these items still linger in the present. Aside from construction products, including asbestos roofing

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Asbestos threat looms in Pennsylvania community

Ambler, Pennsylvania, is a small town near Philadelphia. Like other towns in the United States, it carries a deadly burden and legacy. The historic town, originally called Wissahickon for the railroad depot, served as stop on the North Pennsylvania Railroad. Soon after being renamed to Ambler, the industry that would define the town arrived in

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Asbestos: Past risk or future threat?

Most people never think or worry about asbestos. Once deemed a miracle fiber, the substance’s use was largely eradicated after OSHA came into existence. What many don’t realize is the lasting effects of the carcinogen. At one time before the dangers were realized, asbestos appeared in a variety of manufactured items, from insulation to clothing. Exposure occurred

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Recent rulings discipline careless asbestos handling

Three recent verdicts represent the lack of care still associated with asbestos removal. In each case, the defendants either performed botched removal jobs or exposed workers to the deadly fibers without proper protection. During the demolition of a vacant public housing facility in Buffalo, New York, two city inspectors failed at ensuring asbestos was safely

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Asbestos exposure is still a worldwide threat

Asbestos seems like a threat long since past. Most countries stopped using it in buildings by the 1990s and many have removed the dangerous substance in the years following. When the mesothelioma commercials flash across the screen, people don’t pay attention to the real threat of asbestos exposure. Residents of Canberra, Australia, deal with the

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Asbestos Update: Nanofibres, Drugstore Cowboy, Non-lung Asbestos Cancers

Nanofibres ‘may pose health risk’: Inhaling tiny fibres made by the nanotechnology industry could cause similar health problems to asbestos, say researchers. “Knowing the length beyond which the tiny fibres can cause disease is important in ensuring that safe fibres are made in the future as well as helping to understand the current risk from

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Asbestos Update: OSHA Violations & Fines, Construction Delays, Lung Cancer Links

Sodexho fined $81K for violations at W. Va. college Federal officials said Thursday they intend to fine Sodexho Inc. $81,000 for health and safety violations that occurred when workers were removing asbestos earlier this year at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the violations were found during a March inspection,

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Asbestos Update: Australia recalls Chinese cars, cleaning up asbestos

A mesothelioma case at Todd Shipyards From 1978 to 2004, Leo Macias was tool keeper at Todd Shipyards in Seattle. As part of his job he would take respirators from shipyard workers who had been working with asbestos and were finishing their shifts. He would chuck the respirators into a basket, sometimes causing “little poofs

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Asbestos Update: Removals, Bribes, and Encapsulation

Asbestos removed from Hackettstown, Union Township schools without license, police say A Middlesex County man was arrested Thursday on charges he released asbestos into a New Jersey day care and nine homes and removed the cancer-causing substance from Hackettstown and Union Township schools without a license, authorities said…. Authorities allege that from April 2011 to

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Asbestos Update: Testing, Asbestos Profits & Mining, Fears, and a Substitute

Asbestos detected, removal work in progress in Elliott Hall: Vinyl composition tile that tested positive for asbestos is being removed from Elliott Hall Building A. Don Compton, Facilities Planning, Design and Construction associate director, said the fact that on-campus buildings have been made with asbestos-containing materials is not merely a rumor…. The United States Environmental

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Asbestos Update: Asbestos Abatements, Mine Reopening, Calls for a Ban

Asbestos found in building destroyed in Forrest City fire "I have contacted ADEQ (Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality) and they have said that all of the debris will have to be removed by asbestos specialists," she said. Owens, Kendell. Times-Herald of Forrest City. July 20, 2012. Full Article Forrest City, Arkansas. Happy Valley homes asbestos

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Asbestos and Other Hazards Removed from Walpole, Mass. Superfund Site

EPA completed a short-term cleanup removing asbestos from the former mill building and hazardous substances in drums and containers on the Blackburn & Union Privileges Superfund Site, in Walpole, Mass. Nearly 30 tons of asbestos and asbestos containing debris, as well as over 2,700 pounds of hazardous materials and waste oils were removed from the

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Last update: March 06, 2014. 08:41:31 pm.