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Doctor calls new EPA rule on asbestos a ‘death sentence’

15 Aug 2018 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 Doctor calls new EPA rule on asbestos a death sentenceA Philadelphia doctor is calling the Environmental Protection Agency ()’s proposed new rule that would allow for new uses of cancer-causing asbestos a “death sentence.”

Arthur L. Frank, professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University and adviser to Philadelphia’s Air Pollution Control Board, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that EPA’s change of heart about the use of under the Trump administration is “nothing short of outrageous.” (more…)


EPA’s new rule allows for new use of cancer-causing asbestos

10 Aug 2018 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 EPAs new rule allows for new use of cancer causing asbestosNew uses of cancer-causing asbestos are now legally allowed in U.S. manufacturing products thanks to a new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (). The Significant New Use Rule, or SNUR, allows new products containing to be manufactured on a case-by-case basis.

Asbestos is a durable, fire-resistant mineral that was considered ideal for building materials like insulation until the 1970s when it was banned by most countries due to its carcinogenic effects. The United States did not ban the use of asbestos, however, opting instead to significantly restrict its use  in the U.S. (more…)


Asbestos detected in Playskool crayons

8 Aug 2018 by under News

crayons asbestos image courtesy ACCC 100x100 Asbestos detected in Playskool crayonsCrayons are a necessary item on elementary school supply lists. But parents may want to avoid buying brand crayons, sold at , because recent testing revealed they may contain trace amounts of the carcinogen asbestos.

Testing of toys and school supplies by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in 2015 found that many major brands of crayons – including Rose Art and Crayola – contain trace amounts of asbestos fibers. Since then, most brands have reformulated their crayons to eliminate asbestos. But recent tests revealed that Playskool brand crayons still contained trace amounts of the toxic fibers. (more…)


Asbestos removal company cited for putting workers, public at risk

6 Aug 2018 by under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 Asbestos removal company cited for putting workers, public at riskThe Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) cited an asbestos removal contractor and threatened to decertify the company for demonstrating “a continuous indifference to Washington’s handling rules which protect workers and the public from harm,” Anne Soiza, assistant director for L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said in a statement. (more…)


EPA funds asbestos management efforts in New England schools

30 Jul 2018 by under News

EPA logo 100x100 EPA funds asbestos management efforts in New England schoolsFive New England states received a combined $631,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency () to pay for activities designed to protect students, teachers, and others in school buildings from the health hazards of asbestos.

Each of the New England states (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont) will receive between $100,000 and $166,000 depending on the amount of work they have agreed to tackle.  The money will help to ensure schools take the steps to manage in accordance to the Hazard Emergency Response Act. (more…)


NYC residents caught in asbestos cloud are fearful for their health

27 Jul 2018 by under News

steam pipe explosion NYC image by Con Edison 100x100 NYC residents caught in asbestos cloud are fearful for their healthNew York City residents suddenly displaced after an 86-year-old, asbestos-coated steam pipe burst sending a cloud of debris over Manhattan’s Flatiron district, are not only coping with homelessness, unable to get into their homes except in the event of an emergency, they are also fearful what the asbestos exposure will do to their health.

“It’s a little nerve-racking when you see people in hazmat suits,” said Johnathan Schwartz. Per recommendations from public health officials, he removed the clothes he was wearing the day of the blast, stuffed them in a bag, and dropped them off for disposal. (more…)


Steam pipe explosion in NYC covers city in cloud of asbestos

26 Jul 2018 by under News

steam pipe explosion NYC image by Con Edison 100x100 Steam pipe explosion in NYC covers city in cloud of asbestosThe cleanup continues a week after an 86-year-old, asbestos-coated steam pipe burst in the heart of New York City on July 19, blowing a 15-foot crater in Fifth Avenue and covering the area in a cloud of toxic steam. Many residents and workers remain displaced and have expressed concern about returning to the area for fear what exposure to the carcinogenic mineral will do to their health. (more…)


Russian asbestos company using Trump images to market products

19 Jul 2018 by under News

asbestos Trump Russia Facebook image OAO 100x100 Russian asbestos company using Trump images to market productsA Russian company is using images of President Trump and citing former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt to market its cancer-causing products on social media.

Uralasbest, which operates a giant asbestos mine in the Ural Mountains, stamped pallets of products with a seal donning Trump’s face and the text “Approved by , 45th President of the United States,” then posted photos of the stamped pallets on its Facebook page. “Donald is on our side,” the company’s photo captions said. (more…)


Many construction workers don’t know asbestos is dangerous

14 Jul 2018 by under News

construction worker 100x100 Many construction workers dont know asbestos is dangerousOne in four construction workers claims to have been exposed to , and two-thirds said they did not know asbestos exposure can cause cancer, according to research conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Most respondents to the study said they wouldn’t know what to do if they discovered asbestos at a worksite. (more…)


Montana town receives grant to screen for asbestos-related disease

13 Jul 2018 by under News
20090617 libbymineCREDITEPA 100x100 Montana town receives grant to screen for asbestos related disease

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A clinic in the northwestern Montana town of Libby – population 2,600 – was awarded a $2.5 million grant to continue providing asbestos-related health care. The Center for Related Disease, or CARD Clinic, treats only -related illnesses such as the incurable lung disease asbestosis, -related lung cancer, and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs and other internal organs. (more…)