University of Toronto faces asbestos abatement issues

30 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

554px MedicalSciencesBuildingUniversityOfTorontoCanada 100x100 University of Toronto faces asbestos abatement issuesThe University of Toronto’s medical-sciences building is creating tension on campus after -tainted dust was discovered in several of the building’s labs.

At almost 50 years old, the building has undergone a major renovation, including abatement, since November 2016, and in the past two months tests have shown -containing dust in several labs, The Globe and Mail reported last week. Two labs remain closed. Read the rest of this entry »


Iowa governor signs asbestos claims bill

29 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

412px Terry Branstad 100x100 Iowa governor signs asbestos claims bill Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill into law last week that changes the rules for filing claims in his state, according to Radio Iowa. Read the rest of this entry »


Multiple sclerosis drug could hold promise as mesothelioma treatment

28 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

Gilenya 05 mg Hartkapselen Fingolimod 100x100 Multiple sclerosis drug could hold promise as mesothelioma treatmentStandard first-line for , a deadly cancer caused by exposure to , is chemotherapy that generally only extends patients’ lives by 11 weeks.

Because options for malignant are few, researchers are now looking at more innovative, novel approaches to treat the disease. For example, a multiple sclerosis (MS) has recently found promise as a potential malignant (MM) , according to Mesothelioma Research News. When used in mice, it was found to reduce tumor size with no apparent side effects. Read the rest of this entry »


Idaho House committee strikes down proposed asbestos claims law

27 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

0d9f6625f1d6cbd5343cf523725fdce1 100x100 Idaho House committee strikes down proposed asbestos claims lawIn the midst of the federal government and other states taking aim at “double-dipping” into trusts, the state of Idaho’s House Judiciary Committee shot down a similar amendment earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry »


Arizona Supreme Court will review take-home asbestos exposure case

22 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal

OznEpzk5 100x100 Arizona Supreme Court will review take home asbestos exposure caseThe Arizona Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments next month in a take-home asbestos exposure case, according to Legal Newsline.

The plaintiffs, Ernest V. and Mary Quiroz, allege Ernest’s father was exposed to at work and brought fibers home on his clothing, which exposed his family to the carcinogen as well. Health risks occur when fibers become airborne and are either inhaled or ingested. Ernest contracted , an -related cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen, and died in 2014.  Read the rest of this entry »


New Zealand school faces criticism for asbestos abatement during classes

21 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette1 100x100 New Zealand school faces criticism for asbestos abatement during classesA primary school in Auckland, New Zealand, is expecting students to attend class while abatement procedures are underway, a move that has some parents fearing for the safety of their children.

Hobsonville Primary School is in the midst of a three-plus week removal process after the known human carcinogen was found in the ground where a new drop-off zone is set to be built, according to 1 News. Parents wanted the school to wait until Christmas break — the longest break the children have in their year-round school schedule — to remove the , but school officials reportedly said that was too long to keep it near the children. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos found at Oroville Dam site

20 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

 

Oroville dam aerial1 100x100 Asbestos found at Oroville Dam site’s damaged Oroville Dam faces another hurdle in its repair after air-quality control tests revealed the presence of naturally occurring .

The Department of Water Resources said Thursday that authorities found the in what it said were limited areas of the site, according to the Associated Press. Crews are currently working to remove what remains of the more than 1.7 million cubic-yards of debris that accumulated at the bottom of the spillway last month after a large part of it failed.

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Jury finds in favor of Sonoma State whistleblower

17 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Sonoma State University Seal 100x100 Jury finds in favor of Sonoma State whistleblowerAfter four days of deliberation, Sonoma County, , jurors found in favor of a Sonoma State University employee who maintained he was fired from his position after raising concerns about the school’s handling of environmental hazards like lead and , according to The Press Democrat. Read the rest of this entry »


Iowa bill targeting asbestos claims headed to state governor

16 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px Iowa House of Reps 100x100 Iowa bill targeting asbestos claims headed to state governor A bill restricting “double-dipping” in -related liability lawsuits is heading to the governor of ’s desk, The Courier reports.

After the bill was passed by ’s Senate March 8, it headed Tuesday to the State House, where it passed 56-39. Now, it is headed Tuesday to Gov. Terry Branstand for his signature. The bill, Senate File 376, cleared both chambers without a single Democratic vote cast in its favor. Read the rest of this entry »


UK House of Commons threatened by asbestos

15 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px Palace of Westminster 100x100 UK House of Commons threatened by asbestosThe UK’s House of Commons is permanently dialing down the air conditioning for fear of , and reportedly the move follows authorities having to consider an emergency evacuation after “deadly levels of were registered in the chamber,” according to The Express. Though follow-up readings were reduced to a “safe level,” according to the news source, authorities decided to permanently turn down the air last week to reduce exposure risk . Read the rest of this entry »