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Illegal roadside asbestos dumping continues to increase in B.C.

1 Jan 2017 by under News

asbestos bags dumped on road KREM image 100x100 Illegal roadside asbestos dumping continues to increase in B.C.Dangerous substances like require carefully planned disposal because of the health risks it poses to the general public. Unfortunately for those in British Columbia (B.C.), it appears illegal roadside asbestos dumping is becoming all too common.

The Vancouver Sun recently spoke with Al Johnson, vice-president of prevention services at , regarding the rise of illegal dumped asbestos drywall and flooring in municipalities across B.C. While Johnson sympathizes with home builders and renovators attempting to satisfy the agency’s health and safety requirements, the issue is becoming expensive to handle. In 2016 alone, the city of Vancouver spent nearly $50,000 to address illegal asbestos dumping. (more…)


Sydney Harbour Bridge project uncovered asbestos; public made aware 10 months later

15 Nov 2016 by under News

Sydney Harbour Bridge Wikipedia 100x100 Sydney Harbour Bridge project uncovered asbestos; public made aware 10 months laterAfter road workers in Australia completed construction and renovation on the Sydney Harbour Bridge nearly 10 months ago, the public has just been made aware of the discovery of beneath concrete slabs on the structure.

According to Daily Mail Australia, Duncan Gay, the NSW Nationals Minister for Roads and also a qualified hygienist, was only told of the asbestos earlier this month. Fortunately for those living nearby the bridge, Gay did confirm that the asbestos had low potential for airborne exposure. Local authorities will also be investigating where the excess material taken from the site went and whether or not it was disposed of properly. (more…)


Asbestos removal class action in Kansas City settles for $80M

28 Oct 2016 by under Legal

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Asbestos removal class action in Kansas City settles for $80MA class action lawsuit involving a nearly 30-year-old removal project in City, Kan., and about 7,500 exposed claimants has been settled for $80 million. Despite being scheduled to go to trial this week, the county ended up reaching an agreement with the group responsible for the asbestos removal, U.S. Engineering.

The $80 million settlement agreed upon will be divided up with $25 million for attorney’s fees and litigation costs and the remainder for a medical monitoring fund for the claimants. As many asbestos experts know, there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. The medical fund would allow those who were exposed to asbestos from 1983 to 1985 in the Jackson County Courthouse to be eligible for diagnostic tests monitoring their status in case an asbestos-related disease was to occur. (more…)


ACC and chlor-alkali industry attempting to thwart potential asbestos ban

25 Oct 2016 by under News

Obama signs bill 100x100 ACC and chlor alkali industry attempting to thwart potential asbestos banLinda Reinstein, CEO and President of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), has seen significant progress made in the fight to ban dangerous asbestos in the United States. This year alone, President Barack 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, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency () set to make its first 10 choices in December as to which chemicals it will take into evaluation, the American Chemistry Council () is desperate to protect asbestos from potential bans. (more…)


New study concludes exosome signature may determine malignant mesothelioma diagnostic markers

14 Sep 2016 by 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 mesothelioma 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 mesothelioma, they do provide scientists with crucial diagnostic markers, including targets for future therapeutic approaches. (more…)


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

15 Aug 2016 by 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 , 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 , 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. (more…)


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

6 Jul 2016 by under Events

Warren Zevon 1978 press photo 100x100 Musician Warren Zevons son to host ADAO fundraiser dedicated to his father, mesothelioma awarenessWarren Zevon, 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 (). Why did he choose to become an advocate for ADAO? His rock star father passed away from pleural in 2003. (more…)


ADAO pushes for asbestos ban following TSCA reform

29 Jun 2016 by 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 (EPA) 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 EPA’s ability to prioritize asbestos in the first 10 hazardous chemicals and to expeditiously ban asbestos,” ADAO co-founder and president told Bloomberg BNA. (more…)


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

23 Jun 2016 by 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 () 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. (more…)


Asbsetos could be prioritized in TSCA reform legislation, Sen. Boxer says

20 May 2016 by under Legal, News

Sen Barbara Boxer courtesy ADAO 100x100 Asbsetos could be prioritized in TSCA reform legislation, Sen. Boxer saysWith nearly 15,000 Americans dying from asbestos-related diseases annually, the Toxic Substance Control Act () of 1976 has been responsible for damaging the lives of U.S. families for decades. However, thanks to the unyielding efforts of , the reformation of the TSCA is finally in sight. (more…)