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Giant Steps Back in the Fight to Ban Asbestos In the United States

Under the Obama Administration, The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was updated to give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more authority to ban asbestos completely in the United States. The carcinogen was originally banned in 1989, but by 1991 the ruling was over-turned. Anti-asbestos advocates have been fighting ever since to ban all uses of

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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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Despite Asbestos Regulations, CDC Reports Increase in Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is specifically caused by asbestos exposure. The cancer affects the lining surrounding various organs and cavities within the body called the mesothelium. Asbestos fibers, which are nearly invisible, sharp, and easily inhaled, become embedded in this soft tissue. The body is unable to break down or expel the

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Uncovering the Facts About Asbestos Exposure

There was a time when asbestos was seemingly in everything. Among other things, it was used in building materials such as pipe covering, cements, gaskets, pumps, clothing, gloves, and shipbuilding materials. This was due to its durability and high resistance to heat and corrosion as well as the fact it could be so easily processed.

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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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Yale won’t revoke honorary degree from a man who caused an asbestos environmental disaster

In 1996, Yale awarded Stephan Schmidheiny an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his work in promoting stewardship for the environment. Many praised Schmidheiny based on his efforts to protect the planet and even referred to him as the Bill Gates of Switzerland. A verdict received in 2012 changed the public’s perception of this former

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ADAO Fact #2: 55 countries have banned asbestos, but the U.S. and Canada have not. In 2012 alone, the U.S. imported over 1,000 tons of asbestos.

The ADAO’s "7 Facts for 7 Days" campaign today shares: "55 countries have banned asbestos, but the U.S. and Canada have not. In 2012 alone, the U.S. imported over 1,000 tons of asbestos." The European Union, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand are among the 55 countries that have banned asbestos. More than a decade ago,

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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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Vermont Flooring Contractor Faces Fine for Clean Air Violations

A Vermont flooring contractor faces a penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos, commonly known as the “Asbestos NESHAP” regulations. According to EPA, Morrison-Clark, Inc. of South Barre violated certain requirements of the Asbestos NESHAP when they performed a flooring removal and

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EPA fines two Arizona charter school operators for asbestos violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined two Arizona charter school operators a combined total of $22,030 for alleged violations of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). In April 2007, EPA inspectors discovered seven Arizona charter schools operated by Pointe Educational Services, and The Charter Foundation had not been inspected to determine if asbestos-containing materials

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