Since 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been the root of countless health hazards, including more than 84,000 dangerous chemicals that have been allowed into commerce. However, after decades of hard work, President Barack Obama has signed into law extensive reforms to the TCSA that will allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to better protect Americans’ lives. Read the rest of this entry »
There is no denying the link between asbestos and the multitude of reported illnesses it has caused, including the fatal cancer mesothelioma. However, presidential candidate Donald Trump was recently called out by the news organization Mother Jones for his odd asbestos conspiracy theory:
“I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal,” Trump claimed in his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback. “Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented. Millions of truckloads of this incredible fireproofing material were taken to special ‘dump sites’ and asbestos was replaced by materials that were supposedly safe but couldn’t hold a candle to asbestos in limiting the ravages of fire.” Read the rest of this entry »
With nearly 15,000 Americans dying from asbestos-related diseases annually, the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 has been responsible for damaging the lives of U.S. families for decades. However, thanks to the unyielding efforts of Sen. Barbara Boxer, the reformation of the TSCA is finally in sight. Read the rest of this entry »
Protecting innocent children from the dangers of asbestos exposure is a task all governments should prioritize. That’s why Australian Education minister James Merlino recently announced that all high-risk A1 and A2-grade asbestos has now been removed from 497 educational facilities in the Victorian district. A recent audit found that 140 out of the 170 pieces of tested cement sheeting tested positive for asbestos, resulting in panic for families worried for their children’s safety. Not only could asbestos be found in the school buildings, but also throughout the school grounds. Read the rest of this entry »
Asbestos removal and disposal is a serious process in areas of the world that understand the dangers associated with asbestos. Countries like the U.S. and U.K. have very specific guidelines as to how one should go about the procedure, so when a caravan filled to the brim with asbestos building material was discovered alongside Gracious Pond Road in Chobham this week, local health officials were notified immediately.
According to GetSurrey, once the caravan was inspected by the Surrey Health Borough Council, the group released a statement saying it believed that the caravan may have been towed around the area Tuesday night. Due to Chobham’s recent insurgence of “flytipping,” also known as the illegal dumping of waste, the council has not been able to identify who was responsible for leaving the asbestos-laden caravan. Read the rest of this entry »
It should come as no surprise that the diagnosis of a disease like mesothelioma can feel isolating. Whether you’re a sufferer, a family member, or a caregiver, mesothelioma takes its toll on your life and livelihood. That’s why the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) will be hosting its International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in three major cities – Houston (May 20), San Francisco (Sept. 16) and Chicago (Oct. 7) – in hopes of making an event more easily accessible and affordable to those who most need help, support and educational resources. Read the rest of this entry »
Brady Sullivan-owned Mill West Properties in Lawrence, Mass., is now under investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after the company was believed to have been responsible for dumping toxic sandblasting grit that tested at 70 percent chrysotile asbestos.
According to New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), a number of emails were exchanged last September between several New Hampshire officials, Massachusetts environmental officials and the EPA regarding what was referred to as the “black beauty” sandblast grit. The emails also stated that 10 truckloads of the asbestos-tainted grit had been deposited in the basement cement of the Mill West Properties building, as well as in several piles outside. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), more than $3 million in grants were awarded to the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) in order to help researchers with finding a cure for the rare and deadly cancer mesothelioma.
The DOD funded the awards as part of the “Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program,” which focuses on aiding those that have made recent strides in cancer research. Unlike many other institutions, the University of Hawaii has been one of the leading researchers in the study of mesothelioma, which has been known to inflict a disproportionate amount of veterans as opposed to other groups of people. Read the rest of this entry »
Cancer immunotherapy has gained momentum in the fight against cancer as tech billionaire Sean Parker announces plans to give $250 million to six cancer centers across the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »
According to documents obtained by CBS News, the Canadian government has officially banned the use of asbestos in new construction and renovation projects at buildings it operates. The policy took effect on April 1. Read the rest of this entry »