Posts Tagged ‘asbestos abatement’

Asbestos a threat in cleaning up natural disasters

20 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

173424 5day cone no line and wind 100x100 Asbestos a threat in cleaning up natural disastersFor the U.S. Gulf Coast, hurricane season began June 1, and not yet a month in, Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to make landfall at the end of the week. Though Cindy will likely not cause the devastating effects of a high-category hurricane, it’s important to note that cleaning up after a tropical storm or hurricane can potentially cause exposure to toxic chemicals and building materials, including asbestos. (more…)


Western Australia water pipeline pump station plagued by asbestos

13 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
576px Goldfields Pipeline SMC 100x100 Western Australia water pipeline pump station plagued by asbestos

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For nearly three years, an area near Western Australia’s Goldfields Pipeline, one of the longest fresh water pipelines in the world, has been quarantined due to ongoing asbestos contamination, but the state’s Water Corporation recently announced the asbestos-contaminated area at one of the pipeline’s pump stations poses no threat to the public water supply. (more…)


Notorious Sydney asbestos dumper evades court appearances

30 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Notorious Sydney asbestos dumper evades court appearancesIn the midst of Australian city governments deciding to crack down on illegal asbestos dumping, one of the most prolific asbestos dumpers in Sydney is moving his operations to another part of the country, despite not yet appearing in court for eight asbestos dumping offenses in the region. (more…)


Baby food company refusing to comply with EPA asbestos abatement order

25 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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A former facility for baby food manufacturer Beech-Nut has fallen into disrepair over the seven years it has sat vacant. Now, the company is refusing to comply with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) order requiring it to clean up the 26-acre area in Canajoharie, New York. (more…)


Australian city increases asbestos mishandling fines

12 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Paducah Asbestos Removal 74501321301 100x100 Australian city increases asbestos mishandling fines Using asbestos in building products was banned in most Australian states and territories in the late 1980s, and in 2003, the nation banned all uses of chrysotile asbestos and extended the ban to the import and export of all products containing asbestos, according to the country’s Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency. However, exposure to the known human carcinogen is still an issue in the country due to demolition and remodeling not being handled properly. (more…)


Detroit Demolition Program faces asbestos concerns

4 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Seal of Detroit.svg 1 100x100 Detroit Demolition Program faces asbestos concernsThe city of Detroit has razed more than 11,000 blighted properties since 2014 through its demolition program — with approximately 2,000 more demolitions scheduled. During those demolitions, contractors hired by the city are required to remove and properly dispose of asbestos. However, according to the Detroit Free Press, the recent discovery of a shed filled with asbestos-containing material has raised concerns about the program’s asbestos abatement and the storage of hazardous materials in general. (more…)


Cleanup underway for North Carolina properties tainted by old asbestos factory

19 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette1 100x100 Cleanup underway for North Carolina properties tainted by old asbestos factory If you drove by properties surrounding Davidson, North Carolina’s Metrolina Warehouse, once known as the Carolina Asbestos factory, over the past few weeks, you may have seen workers mowing lawns — in hazmat suits — as part of a cleanup effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (more…)


University of Toronto fires contractor, feels pressure for asbestos audit

5 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

554px MedicalSciencesBuildingUniversityOfTorontoCanada 100x100 University of Toronto fires contractor, feels pressure for asbestos audit In the midst of University of Toronto faculty and staff demanding an asbestos audit, the university has fired its longtime contractor in charge of renovations in the Medical Sciences Building, where MyMeso previously reported asbestos-tainted dust was found in five laboratories. (more…)


University of Toronto faces asbestos abatement issues

30 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

554px MedicalSciencesBuildingUniversityOfTorontoCanada 100x100 University of Toronto faces asbestos abatement issuesThe University of Toronto’s medical-sciences building is creating tension on campus after asbestos-tainted dust was discovered in several of the building’s labs.

At almost 50 years old, the building has undergone a major renovation, including asbestos abatement, since November 2016, and in the past two months tests have shown asbestos-containing dust in several labs, The Globe and Mail reported last week. Two labs remain closed. (more…)


New Zealand school faces criticism for asbestos abatement during classes

21 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette1 100x100 New Zealand school faces criticism for asbestos abatement during classesA primary school in Auckland, New Zealand, is expecting students to attend class while asbestos abatement procedures are underway, a move that has some parents fearing for the safety of their children.

Hobsonville Primary School is in the midst of a three-plus week asbestos removal process after the known human carcinogen was found in the ground where a new drop-off zone is set to be built, according to 1 News. Parents wanted the school to wait until Christmas break — the longest break the children have in their year-round school schedule — to remove the asbestos, but school officials reportedly said that was too long to keep it near the children. (more…)