Posts Tagged ‘EPA’

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 (EPA) 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…)


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 asbestos under the Trump administration is “nothing short of outrageous.” (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…)


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 asbestos company is using images of President Trump and citing former Environmental Protection Agency () administrator Scott Pruitt to market its cancer-causing products on social media.

, 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 Donald Trump, 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…)


EPA fails to recognize legacy asbestos as deadly hazard

20 Jun 2018 by under News

EPA logo 100x100 EPA fails to recognize legacy asbestos as deadly hazardThe Environmental Protection Agency () will not prohibit new uses or review exposures from abandoned uses of asbestos, a fibrous mineral used in building materials and other industrial products that has been linked to a rare and deadly form of cancer called .

The EPA announced these intentions in the “Problem Formulation Document,” a report that excludes a risk review of ongoing exposure from legacy asbestos products in the environment. (more…)


Superfund Redevelopment Focus List includes sites plagued by asbestos contamination

29 Jan 2018 by under News

borit superfund site signage1 100x100 Superfund Redevelopment Focus List includes sites plagued by asbestos contaminationThe Environmental Protection Agency’s () National Priorities List (NPL) includes 1,345 uncontrolled hazardous waste sites around the country. These sites could contain , phosphates, creosote, lead or a number of other toxins that pose a risk to human health. (more…)


Asbestos included in EPA’s first list of chemicals to evaluate for safety concerns

2 Dec 2016 by under News

EPA logo 100x100 Asbestos included in EPAs first list of chemicals to evaluate for safety concernsIn June, President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law as an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S.’s primary chemical management law. It marked the first time American chemical regulatory law had been updated in nearly 40 years.

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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 () for the first time since 1976.

However, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set to make its first 10 choices in December as to which chemicals it will take into evaluation, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is desperate to protect asbestos from potential bans. (more…)


EPA overseeing demolition of dilapidated factory to protect against asbestos exposure

26 Sep 2016 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 EPA overseeing demolition of dilapidated factory to protect against asbestos exposureA former Arkell and Smiths Sack Co. facility in Canajoharie, N.Y., has been targeted for demolition and  removal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (). The has likely announced the removal efforts due to the high risk associated with asbestos exposure in relation to various diseases, including one of the deadliest cancers known – mesothelioma. The structures on the site are dilapidated and collapsing.

“At the request of the local government, the EPA sent staff and federal resources to stop the potential release of asbestos,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck in an EPA press release. “EPA will make sure that the buildings are taken down properly and that asbestos is not spread into the community.” (more…)


Asbestos critics concerned about chlor-alkali industry’s high usage of asbestos

16 Sep 2016 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 Asbestos critics concerned about chlor alkali industrys high usage of asbestosKnown for being the largest U.S. importer of asbestos, the may have to rely on a new mineral if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  () decides to review the safety of asbestos under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The chlor-alkali industry utilizes asbestos regularly for its production of chlorine and caustic soda, which, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, accounted for 90 percent of the 358 tons of asbestos imported into the U.S. last year. Thankfully, the recently reformed TSCA will be taking 10 chemicals currently allowed in the country into evaluation and many experts believe asbestos should be among them. (more…)