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Contractors, school district cited for disturbing asbestos materials at high school

1 Dec 2018 by under News

home renovation flooring 100x100 Contractors, school district cited for disturbing asbestos materials at high schoolSeveral contractors and the Manhattan Beach Unified School District in California were cited by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for “the illegal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos” at a local high school. (more…)


Advocate for asbestos victims call on G20 members to ban deadly asbestos

29 Nov 2018 by under News, Organizations

Linda Reinstein ADAO 100x100 Advocate for asbestos victims call on G20 members to ban deadly asbestos victims advocate and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Linda Reinstein is calling on world leaders gathering in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the forum “to speak about the fact that seven of the nations – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and the U.S. – are still mining, exporting, importing, and/or using asbestos, a known deadly carcinogen.” (more…)


Contractor fined for illegal removal and disposal of cancer-causing asbestos

29 Nov 2018 by under News

home renovation flooring 100x100 Contractor fined for illegal removal and disposal of cancer causing asbestosA Wilmington, Massachusetts contractor and two of his companies were fined $125,000 to settle claims of illegal removal and disposal of asbestos and other construction debris during the demolition of a home in the community. (more…)


Florida man, distraught over father’s asbestos-related death, scales tower

27 Nov 2018 by under News

Asbestos hazard sign 100x100 Florida man, distraught over fathers asbestos related death, scales towerA Florida man appeared in court this week to explain the reason why he climbed a 200-foot tower, using a rope to shimmy higher in order to stretch out on a platform as his family looked on. He said he did it because he was distraught about the death of his father due to asbestos exposure. His father had allegedly been exposed to the carcinogenic mineral in the building materials he worked with. (more…)


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

21 Nov 2018 by under News

heather von st james head shot sept 08 150x150 November is Lung Cancer Awareness MonthNovember is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and one survivor of a rare form of the disease is encouraging other patients to be optimistic. (more…)


Princess Eugenia’s husband’s family ran asbestos mill linked to hundreds of worker deaths

19 Nov 2018 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 Princess Eugenias husbands family ran asbestos mill linked to hundreds of worker deathsThe family of the newlywed husband of Princess Eugenie ran an asbestos factory in the Barking community of London that is linked to the fatal lung disease of hundreds of workers, some of whom continue to die to this day. (more…)


Asbestos found in damaged ceiling tiles in senior apartment complex

17 Nov 2018 by under News

renovations South Oak Cliff High School 100x100 Asbestos found in damaged ceiling tiles in senior apartment complexInspectors from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) in California are investigating a senior apartment complex after receiving reports that ceiling material containing cancer-causing asbestos had been disturbed during water damage that had occurred days earlier. Samples were taken and a “contamination survey,” by a certified consultant was conducted, resulting in an order to secure and stabilize all affected areas for abatement. (more…)


Lax regulations allowed for recent spike in asbestos imports

15 Nov 2018 by under News

asbestos Trump Russia Facebook image OAO 100x100 Lax regulations allowed for recent spike in asbestos importsLax regulations for by the Trump-controlled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have contributed to a “surge” in asbestos imports into the U.S., according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the Environmental Working Group (EWG). According to data from the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce published by the two NGOs, more than 550 metric tons of asbestos have been imported into the U.S. so far this year, compared to just 340 tons in 2017. (more…)


Asbestos fibers found floating in air at Orleans Parish school

9 Nov 2018 by under News

classroom school desks Max Pixel image 100x100 Asbestos fibers found floating in air at Orleans Parish school

Collegiate Academies had scheduled to open Rosenwald Collegiate Academy in Orleans Parish in Louisiana in August, but after air quality testing revealed airborne asbestos in the building, the building has been shuttered. Abatement of the cancer-causing mineral will cost the district $1.3 million. (more…)


Asbestos in NV desert poses risk during interstate construction

7 Nov 2018 by under News

Nevada asbestos research image by KNPR.org  100x100 Asbestos in NV desert poses risk during interstate constructionThe completion of the Interstate 11 bypass in Boulder City, Nevada, and plans for an interstate linking Phoenix and Las Vegas promises a housing and business boom in the desert. But it is raising safety concerns among residents. That’s because digging up long-dormant areas of the desert could disturb naturally occurring asbestos in the earth. If its microscopic fibers go airborne, those exposed are at risk for serious health consequences. (more…)