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Libby, MT’s asbestos mining ended decades ago, but the exposure to residents from past mining and current environmental issues persists.

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Asbestos Exposure Documentary Makes Debut At International Film Festival

Last weekend at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, a 75- minute documentary about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma made its world debut, highlighting the aggressive and often fatal diseases associated with asbestos exposure, and how it has affected so many lives.  After mesothelioma claimed the life of their grandmother in 2012, cousins Conor Lewis

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Asbestos Cancer Risk Measured by Fiber Length

Since asbestos was used for decades in thousands of products ranging from attic insulation to woven oven mitts, it is hard to imagine that this versatile material is actually a naturally occurring mineral, composed of chemical compounds bundled into fibers. Found in serpentine, mafic, and altered ultramafic rocks, asbestos is divided into two groups – serpentine and

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Asbestos Fibers Just As Deadly Regardless of Size

Recognized as one of the six types of asbestos, tremolite is considered to be one of the more deadly forms of asbestos due to its long, sharp, needle-like fibers that are easily inhaled and embedded in the soft tissue of the lungs and surrounding organs. Tremolite is generally found in other minerals such as vermiculite,

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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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Types of Asbestos

There are six different types of asbestos that occur naturally throughout the world. Asbestos is actually the generic name given and is not a mineralogical definition.  A mineral product that is flexible, possesses high tensile strength, is heat resistant, resistant to chemical degradation, and can be woven into fabric is commercially designated as “asbestos.” Asbestos

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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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Libby, Montana faces new asbestos-related threats

While exploring northwestern Montana in 1916, prospectors made a unique discovery in the mountains that would forever affect the people in the nearby town of Libby.  This strange mineral was resistant to high heat and fire, making it ideal for construction materials. Mining began three years later of the vermiculite, called Zonolite by the early

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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: 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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EPA Announces Public Health Emergency in Libby, Montana; EPA to Move Aggressively on Cleanup and HHS to Assist Area Residents with Medical Care

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson today announced the agency has determined that a public health emergency exists at the Libby asbestos site in northwest Montana. Over the past years, hundreds of asbestos-related disease cases have been documented in this small community, which covers the towns of Libby and Troy. The announcement was

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Applauds EPA’s Declaration of a Public Health Emergency in Asbestos-Laden Libby, Montana Area

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) today announced its support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s declaration of a public health. Hundreds of asbestos-related disease cases have been documented in the designated community, which covers the towns of Libby and Troy. This represents the first time EPA has made a determination under the Comprehensive

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ATSDR Issues Report on Asbestos Exposure from Libby Vermiculite

Employees, their families and people living close to 28 exfoliation sites may have been exposed to amphibole asbestos from vermiculite mined in Libby, Montana between the 1920s and the early 1990s, a report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ( ATSDR ) has concluded. The report identifies groups of people most at–risk

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Low exposure to asbestos-like mineral from Montana vermiculite may up lung disease risk

Cincinnati, OH – Workers exposed to low levels of an asbestos-like mineral from Montana more than two decades ago are at an increased risk for lung disease today, according to research from the University of Cincinnati (UC). Vermiculite is a mineral with a flaky, fluffy-looking structure. Previous studies revealed that the vermiculite ore mined in

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Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) response to W.R. Grace announcement

Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement in response to news that W.R. Grace and Company has agreed to pay $250 million for cleanup and investigation of asbestos contamination in Libby, Montana: "You can't put a price on human lives, and far too many folks were lost in Libby because of asbestos. Cleaning up

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U.S. EPA Sends Experts to Israel for Asbestos Training

A team of asbestos experts coordinated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just returned from a unique mission in Israel. Asbestos experts Chuck Nace and David Eppler traveled to Tel Aviv to conduct a workshop for the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), US State Department, and local non-governmental organizations in Israel. The goal

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