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Asbestos cleanup at Oregon superfund site nearly completed

16 Oct 2018 by under News

Anthophyllite asbestos SEM 1 100x100 Asbestos cleanup at Oregon superfund site nearly completedA three-year-long, $40 million abatement project in a contaminated subdivision in Klamath Falls, Oregon is almost complete, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (). (more…)


Five contractors indicted over exposing workers to asbestos

15 Oct 2018 by under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 Five contractors indicted over exposing workers to asbestosFive Brooklyn, New York, developers were charged with exposing workers to cancer-causing asbestos at four building renovation projects in the Greenwood Heights neighborhood in order to skirt costs of using a federally licensed abatement contractor. (more…)


Americans still dying from asbestos exposure

10 Oct 2018 by under News

asbestos Trump Russia Facebook image OAO 100x100 Americans still dying from asbestos exposure, the fibrous mineral that was once widely used in various industry materials, has a deadly legacy. Its use was significantly restricted in the 1980s, but each year in the United States, an estimated 3,000 people are diagnosed with , a rare but deadly form of cancer caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). (more…)


Tornado damage in Ottawa raises concerns of asbestos exposure

8 Oct 2018 by under News

Asbestos at demolition site East Village WFAA News image 100x100 Tornado damage in Ottawa raises concerns of asbestos exposureA tornado that swept through the Mont-Bleu area of Gatineau in Ottawa, Canada last month, seriously damaging 60 buildings, raised concerns of potential exposure, according to the Ottawa Citizen. Officials says that older structures damaged in the storm that were built before the 1980s may contain the cancer-causing mineral. (more…)


Builder receives payout after mesothelioma diagnosis

26 Sep 2018 by under News

construction worker 100x100 Builder receives payout after mesothelioma diagnosisConstruction worker Andrew Nicholson suspected the worst when he started struggling to breathe. He had watched both his brothers die from mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer caused by exposure, years earlier. When he was diagnosed with the same cancer, he knew who was to blame – his employers who, in the 1970s, knowingly exposed him to the carcinogenic mineral without providing any respiratory protection or training him on how to reduce his risk of serious illness. (more…)


EPA falling short in inspecting schools for asbestos exposure

20 Sep 2018 by under News

EPA logo 100x100 EPA falling short in inspecting schools for asbestos exposureThe Environmental Protection Agency () is falling short on protecting private and public school children, teachers and staff from the dangers of asbestos exposure, according to a new report by the EPA’s internal watchdog, the Office of Inspector General (OIG). (more…)


Storm damage can increase the risk of asbestos exposure

14 Sep 2018 by under News

home renovation flooring 100x100 Storm damage can increase the risk of asbestos exposureWhen national disasters like hurricanes strike, asbestos exposure becomes a concern.

was widely used in building materials like insulations, roofing materials and drywall until the 1980s, when federal laws restricted their use. Left undisturbed, -containing products do not pose risks to consumers. But storms that cause structural damage can loosen and rip apart materials and send cancer-causing fibers into the air, renovation resource hub Water Advisor cautions. These fibers are invisible to the naked eye can remain airborne for hours and even days. (more…)


Dozens of mariner rescue workers suffer from 9/11-related diseases

11 Sep 2018 by under News
9 11 Ground Zero burning debris asbestos workers 300x197 Dozens of mariner rescue workers suffer from 9/11 related diseases

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New York, N.Y. (Sept. 14, 2001) — Days after a Sep. 11 terrorist attack, fires still burn amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson. (RELEASED)

Thomas Phelan was working as captain of a Statue of Liberty ferry on when the World Trade Center towers burned to the ground sending a toxic cloud over New York City. His tour boat quickly became a rescue vessel that day, helping to evacuate between 500,000 and a million people away from the devastation and bring supplies, water and emergency workers to lower Manhattan. The massive boat lift involved about 125 ferries, tugs, Coast Guard vessels and pleasure boats, and became the largest maritime evacuation in history. (more…)


September is Mesothelioma Awareness Month

10 Sep 2018 by under News

adao logo September is Mesothelioma Awareness MonthSeptember is Mesothelioma Awareness Month, a designation established in 2004 to bring attention and funding to mesothelioma, a rare but deadly cancer caused by exposure.

Throughout the month of September, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will honor and remember Mesothelioma Warriors with numerous events and actions including The Miles for Meso Race, ADAO’s 13th Congressional Staff Briefing, and flying a flag over Capitol Hill in honor and remembrance of asbestos victims. (more…)


Renowned mesothelioma surgeon dead at 65

31 Aug 2018 by under News

 Renowned mesothelioma surgeon dead at 65World renowned thoracic surgeon and researcher Dr. David Sugarbaker has died. He was 65.

Dr. Sugarbaker spent nearly 30 years advancing the treatment of pleural mesothelioma, and is recognized for developing surgical techniques that lowered the death rate from the removal of lung and esophageal tumors. He was perhaps the world’s leading specialist on mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart and is caused by exposure. (more…)