EPA overseeing demolition of dilapidated factory to protect against asbestos exposure

26 Sep 2016 by Beasley Allen under News

asbestos warning 100x100 EPA overseeing demolition of dilapidated factory to protect against asbestos exposureA former Arkell and Smiths Sack Co. facility in Canajoharie, N.Y., has been targeted for demolition and asbestos removal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (). The has likely announced the removal efforts due to the high risk associated with asbestos exposure in relation to various diseases, including one of the deadliest cancers known – . The structures on the site are dilapidated and collapsing.

“At the request of the local government, the sent staff and federal resources to stop the potential release of asbestos,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck in an press release. “ will make sure that the buildings are taken down properly and that asbestos is not spread into the community.” Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos critics concerned about chlor-alkali industry’s high usage of asbestos

16 Sep 2016 by Beasley Allen under News

asbestos warning 100x100 Asbestos critics concerned about chlor alkali industrys high usage of asbestosKnown for being the largest U.S. importer of asbestos, the chlor-alkali industry may have to rely on a new mineral if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  () decides to review the safety of asbestos under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The chlor-alkali industry utilizes asbestos regularly for its production of chlorine and caustic soda, which, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, accounted for 90 percent of the 358 tons of asbestos imported into the U.S. last year. Thankfully, the recently reformed TSCA will be taking 10 chemicals currently allowed in the country into evaluation and many experts believe asbestos should be among them. Read the rest of this entry »


New study concludes exosome signature may determine malignant mesothelioma diagnostic markers

14 Sep 2016 by Temp Temple under Research/Treatment

research test tubes 100x100 New study concludes exosome signature may determine malignant mesothelioma diagnostic markersA new study on malignant (MM) cells has revealed what could allow doctors the opportunity to diagnose and treat the deadly disease sooner than ever before.

According to a recent study published in “Scientific Reports,” malignant cells can secrete tiny vesicles comprising of several proteins, also known as exosomes, that educate the tumor’s microenvironment and cause the disease to develop further. While the proteins don’t necessarily provide a cure for malignant , they do provide scientists with crucial diagnostic markers, including targets for future therapeutic approaches. Read the rest of this entry »


Indiana contractor charged with violation of Clean Air Act following improper asbestos abatement

15 Aug 2016 by Temp Temple under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 Indiana contractor charged with violation of Clean Air Act following improper asbestos abatementConsidering the dangers presented by exposure to asbestos, properly removing the substance from a building requires extreme caution and instruction from federal officials. Unfortunately for one Indianapolis, Ind., contractor, an illegal asbestos abatement from an inhabited apartment has led to a sentencing of four months of house arrest and two years of probation.

According to WISHTV, the contractor, 56-year-old Paul Walker, pleaded guilty earlier this week and will now be responsible for paying a $2,000 fine in conjunction with the rest of his sentence. Walker was prosecuted for Negligent Endangerment under the federal Clean Air Act. Read the rest of this entry »


Louisiana lawsuit claims man’s mesothelioma diagnosis linked to workplace asbestos exposure

27 Jul 2016 by Beasley Allen under Legal

asbestos warning Louisiana lawsuit claims mans mesothelioma diagnosis linked to workplace asbestos exposureBeing exposed to a toxic substance while on the job is a familiar reality for many unsuspecting workers; however, it isn’t until someone is diagnosed with a deadly condition when it is revealed they’ve been working in an unsafe environment.

Gistarve Joseph Sr. has now filed suit against Huntington Ingalls Industries, American Motorists Insurance Co., American Employer’s Insurance Co., OneBeacon America Insurance Co., et al., upon learning he developed following years of asbestos exposure. The lawsuit was filed in ’s Orleans Parish District Court on June 8. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos in South Korea to be addressed by revised ‘Asbestos Safe Management Act’

18 Jul 2016 by Beasley Allen under News

South Korea flag 300x198 Asbestos in South Korea to be addressed by revised Asbestos Safe Management ActSouth Korea is making strides in preventing asbestos exposure by strengthening its management of buildings with asbestos during the abatement procedures. Taking effect mid-August, the revised Asbestos Safe Management Act will ensure that all buildings with asbestos have at least one safety supervisor at dismantling sites, unless they are more than 2,000 square meters, in which case they will need more than one. Read the rest of this entry »


$500K asbestos, radon and lead abatement project scheduled for the Elbridge Central School District

15 Jul 2016 by Beasley Allen under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 $500K asbestos, radon and lead abatement project scheduled for the Elbridge Central School DistrictAccording to The Citizen, a $500,000 “emergency” clean-up project was announced by the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District’s Board of Education following the discovery its schools were tainted by the presence of asbestos, radon and lead.

The re-organizational meeting, which took place in the school district’s home state of New York, held a vote by the board unanimously deciding to sponsor the Emergency Asbestos/Lead Abatement and Radon Mitigation Project. The abatement will take place at the district’s High School, Ramsdell Middle School, and Elbridge Elementary School. Read the rest of this entry »


Musician Warren Zevon’s son to host ADAO fundraiser dedicated to his father, mesothelioma awareness

6 Jul 2016 by Temp Temple under Events

Warren Zevon 1978 press photo 100x100 Musician Warren Zevons son to host ADAO fundraiser dedicated to his father, mesothelioma awareness, the award-winning singer-songwriter known for such hits including “Werewolves of London” and “Guns and Money,” was a legend in his own right, not only because of his rock-n-roll past, but because he took control of his health by quitting smoking and drinking after becoming a father. Zevon’s son, Jordan, has since grown to an award-winning musician himself, as well as a spokesman for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Why did he choose to become an advocate for ADAO? His rock star father passed away from pleural mesothelioma in 2003. Read the rest of this entry »


ADAO pushes for asbestos ban following TSCA reform

29 Jun 2016 by Temp Temple under Legal, News

adao logo ADAO pushes for asbestos ban following TSCA reformOn June 22, President Obama made history by changing the future of chemical exposure by signing into effect the Frank. R Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since 1976. However, according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the Environmental Protection Agency () must act quickly by making asbestos one of its first 10 chemicals under evaluation.

“The success of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act hinges on the ’s ability to prioritize asbestos in the first 10 hazardous chemicals and to expeditiously ban asbestos,” ADAO co-founder and president Linda Reinstein told Bloomberg BNA. Read the rest of this entry »


TSCA reforms signed into law under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

23 Jun 2016 by Temp Temple under Legal

Obama signs bill TSCA reforms signed into law under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century ActSince 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 () to better protect Americans’ lives. Read the rest of this entry »