EPA accuses the DDRA of 11 asbestos-related violations of the Clean Air Act

17 Sep 2014 by Temp Temple under News

EPA logo 100x100 EPA accuses the DDRA of 11 asbestos related violations of the Clean Air ActThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is waging war against Alabama’s Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DDRA) after the agency sent a letter alleging that the demolition of the Saints Apartments had resulted in 11 violations of the Clean Air Act. According to the letter, which was dated Aug. 20, the allegations were related to the Saints Apartments’ asbestos removal and demolition of its two separate buildings. Read the rest of this entry »


Property owners charged with violating Clean Air Act and CERCLA, exposing residents to asbestos

12 Sep 2014 by Temp Temple under Legal, News

asbestos warning 100x100 Property owners charged with violating Clean Air Act and CERCLA, exposing residents to asbestosWillingly exposing residents to the dangers of asbestos has two New York men looking at serious jail time and fines. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), both John Francis Mills, the owner of more than a dozen properties in Malone, N.Y., and his maintenance manager, Thomas J. McAvoy, have been sentenced to 21 months in prison for cooperatively and openly violating the Clean Air Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Following their prison terms, the two men will also face two years of supervised release, while Mills will be forced to pays fines of $25,000 and a $300 crime victim special assessment fee. Read the rest of this entry »


Claims for September 11th Victims Compensation Fund must be filed by October 12

11 Sep 2014 by Wendi Lewis under Events, Legal, News

twin towers collapse Claims for September 11th Victims Compensation Fund must be filed by October 12An important deadline is approaching for people diagnosed with cancer related to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon, or in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, following the terrorist attacks and plane crashes at those sites. In order to file a claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, individual must register with the fund by October 12, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos contamination concerns linger at Tulsa County Courthouse following building flood

10 Sep 2014 by Temp Temple under News

Tulsa courthouse flood Fox23 News photo 100x100 Asbestos contamination concerns linger at Tulsa County Courthouse following building floodAsbestos concerns are currently on the minds of Tulsa County, Okla., officials and citizens as they wait for results of air quality tests on the county’s previously flooded courthouse basement. Prior to the air quality tests, the Tulsa County Courthouse’s basement had been flooded by several inches of water leaking from old pipes in the walls and ceiling in various places. The basement remains closed and jury duty also has been suspended until officials can determine there is no asbestos exposure risk. Read the rest of this entry »


Significant progress in mesothelioma clinical trials indicates a bright future ahead

21 Aug 2014 by Temp Temple under Organizations, Research/Treatment

MARF logo square Significant progress in mesothelioma clinical trials indicates a bright future aheadMary Hesdorffer,  executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), spoke during the organization’s July 2014 board meeting about the advances in clinical trials for mesothelioma patients, which is allowing them to aid mesothelioma patients more effectively. Ms. Hesdorffer is a nurse practitioner with more than 16 years of experience in mesothelioma treatment. Read the rest of this entry »


Statin drug combination shows promise in treatment of mesothelioma

13 Aug 2014 by Temp Temple under News, Research/Treatment

statin drugs simvastatin 100x100 Statin drug combination shows promise in treatment of mesotheliomaRecent studies are exploring the efficacy of statin drugs in the battle against mesothelioma. Shortly after a team of Korean scientists released a study about how simvastatin, a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, could increase the strength of the mesothelioma drug pemetrexed, another published study concluded that atorvastatin could not kill mesothelioma in either mice or humans. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos Cancer Victims Rights Campaign warns asbestos dangers lurk in the sweet summertime

7 Aug 2014 by Wendi Lewis under News, Organizations

ACVRC Summers Silent Threat image 100x100 Asbestos Cancer Victims Rights Campaign warns asbestos dangers lurk in the sweet summertimeFor most people, summertime is a time to relax and enjoy some downtime with family and friends. Summer also offers an opportunity to tackle projects around the house, explore the great outdoors, search out a bargain or create a lovely landscape. However, the folks at the Asbestos Cancer Victims Rights Campaign (ACVRC) warn many of these activities may hide a hidden danger – asbestos. Read the rest of this entry »


Minnesota authorities keeping a close eye on asbestos cleanup at demolition site

24 Jul 2014 by Wendi Lewis under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 Minnesota authorities keeping a close eye on asbestos cleanup at demolition siteOfficials from the Department of Health and the Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) are keeping a close watch on demolition and cleanup efforts at a school destroyed by fire in June. The nearly 95-year-old building, Roosevelt Education Center, is believed to contain a large amount of friable asbestos. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos ruling in Texas gives hope for future mesothelioma plaintiffs

22 Jul 2014 by Temp Temple under Legal

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Asbestos ruling in Texas gives hope for future mesothelioma plaintiffsThe Supreme Court just pushed back against asbestos plaintiffs by raising the burden of proof to show that the defendant’s products caused mesothelioma; however, the plaintiffs avoided a situation that attorneys believed would have voided all asbestos lawsuits. Read the rest of this entry »


Naturally occurring asbestos in Burlington yet to be addressed by the EPA

21 Jul 2014 by Temp Temple under News

actinolite asbestos 100x100 Naturally occurring asbestos in Burlington yet to be addressed by the EPAIn late 2012, a local resident’s concern prompted U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) investigators to test rocks at a housing development in Burlington, Calif., and they uncovered troubling results – naturally occurring asbestos.

Prolonged exposure to asbestos, such as that found in the rocks, has been linked to the development of diseases including mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or, rarely, the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma. The investigators that discovered the asbestos in the rocks drafted a report recommending that signs be posted “alerting people to the dangers of asbestos exposure.” Read the rest of this entry »