Posts Tagged ‘EPA’

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  (EPA) decides to review the safety of asbestos under the new Toxic Substances Control Act ().

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…)


ADAO pushes for asbestos ban following TSCA reform

29 Jun 2016 by under Legal, News

adao logo ADAO pushes for asbestos ban following TSCA reformOn June 22, President 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 (TSCA) for the first time since 1976. However, according to the Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must act quickly by making asbestos one of its first 10 chemicals under evaluation.

“The success of the Chemical Safety Act hinges on the EPA’s ability to prioritize asbestos in the first 10 hazardous chemicals and to expeditiously ban asbestos,” ADAO co-founder and president Linda Reinstein told Bloomberg BNA. (more…)


TSCA reforms signed into law under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

23 Jun 2016 by under Legal

Obama signs bill TSCA reforms signed into law under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century ActSince 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act () has been the root of countless health hazards, including more than 84,000 dangerous chemicals that have been allowed into commerce. However, after decades of hard work, President Barack Obama has signed into law extensive reforms to the TCSA that will allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to better protect Americans’ lives. (more…)


Asbsetos could be prioritized in TSCA reform legislation, Sen. Boxer says

20 May 2016 by under Legal, News

Sen Barbara Boxer courtesy ADAO 100x100 Asbsetos could be prioritized in TSCA reform legislation, Sen. Boxer saysWith nearly 15,000 Americans dying from asbestos-related diseases annually, the Toxic Substance Control Act () of 1976 has been responsible for damaging the lives of U.S. families for decades. However, thanks to the unyielding efforts of Sen. Barbara Boxer, the reformation of the TSCA is finally in sight. (more…)


Alleged asbestos dumping crime in Mass. under investigation by EPA

25 Apr 2016 by under News

EPA logo 100x100 Alleged asbestos dumping crime in Mass. under investigation by EPABrady Sullivan-owned Mill West Properties in Lawrence, Mass., is now under investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency () after the company was believed to have been responsible for dumping toxic sandblasting grit that tested at 70 percent chrysotile asbestos.

According to Public Radio (NHPR), a number of emails were exchanged last September between several officials, Massachusetts environmental officials and the EPA regarding what was referred to as the “black beauty” sandblast grit. The emails also stated that 10 truckloads of the asbestos-tainted grit had been deposited in the basement cement of the Mill West Properties building, as well as in several piles outside. (more…)


Improper asbestos removal incites community uproar in Ohio, but who’s to blame?

27 Jan 2016 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 Improper asbestos removal incites community uproar in Ohio, but whos to blame? removal is a serious process that requires the utmost caution in order to prevent exposure to its harmful particles. Unfortunately, several citizens near a building demolition project claimed on social media to have witnessed Port Clinton, , firefighters tearing down pieces of an old building without regard to the state’s EPA safety protocols. However, thanks to some investigative reporting, the Sandusky Register discovered who the real culprits were. (more…)


Judge Amos Saunders dies of adenocarcinoma allegedly linked to courthouse asbestos

19 Aug 2015 by under Legal, People

Judge Amos C Saunders 100x100 Judge Amos Saunders dies of adenocarcinoma allegedly linked to courthouse asbestosA man who once dedicated his life to meting out justice from the bench may have had his life cut short as a result of a hazardous material in his own courtroom. , a form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure, took the life of retired Judge Amos Saunders on Aug. 16 of this year. The litigation pinning the judge’s alleged asbestos exposure to the Passaic County courthouse will “absolutely” continue on and be amended to a wrongful death case, Saunders’ attorney, Rachel Placitella, told the New Jersey Law Journal. (more…)


Asbestos in schools: Who should be held accountable for asbestos abatement?

11 Aug 2015 by under News

School Buses 435x287 100x100 Asbestos in schools: Who should be held accountable for asbestos abatement?The Ocean View school district, located in California, was in for an unpleasant surprise when construction workers discovered dangerous in 11 school buildings in 2014.

Between the 1940s and 1970s, asbestos was regularly used in building materials like floor tiles, as well as shingles and ceiling plaster for fire protection, and in insulation, up until the 1970s. While stable, undisturbed asbestos does not necessarily pose a health risk, if deteriorated or tampered with, such in a renovation, asbestos become airborne and can be inhaled or ingested. This type of exposure can lead to the development of , a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or, in rare cases, the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma. (more…)


Asbestos-cleaning robot revolutionizes safe asbestos removal in Florida demolition project

15 Jul 2015 by under News

robot Asbestos cleaning robot revolutionizes safe asbestos removal in Florida demolition projectClearing out during the of an old building just got much safer and simpler with the creation of an asbestos-cleaning robot. According to the Pensacola News Journal, the asbestos-cleaning robot is being used as part of a demolition project at the former Pensacola News Journal building in Florida. (more…)


READ Act seeks to revolutionize asbestos reporting

13 Mar 2015 by under News

Capitol 2004 by Ron Reznick digital images.net  100x100 READ Act seeks to revolutionize asbestos reportingDid you know even the slightest exposure to can have long-term consequences that may become life-threatening? Sen. (D-Ill.) knows, and that’s why he has introduced a new bill that would allow the American public access to up-to-date records on where asbestos has been discovered. (more…)