Posts Tagged ‘New Jersey’

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 (TSCA) 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 () to better protect Americans’ lives. (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. Adenocarcinoma, a form of cancer that has been linked to exposure, took the life of retired New Jersey 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…)

Two more sentenced in illegal asbestos-dumping scheme in New York

6 Aug 2013 by under Events, Legal, News

DOJ logo 100x100 Two more sentenced in illegal asbestos dumping scheme in New YorkTwo more men who were involved in a scheme to illegally dump asbestos on wetlands in upstate have been sentenced and fined by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Donald Torriero was sentenced to three years in prison and Julius DeSimone was sentenced to five years of probation. Additionally, the men were ordered to pay a fine of close to $500,000 in restitution.

In June, a federal court in Utica, N.Y., sentenced Mazza & Sons Inc. and its owner Dominick Mazza, along with property owner Cross Nicastro, with illegally dumping thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated construction debris on wetlands property adjacent to the Mohawk River.

Mazza & Sons was a solid-waste disposal company. The scheme involved dumping construction and demolition debris from using forged permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as well as forging the name of a DEC official on the permits.

It is estimated about 400 truckloads of asbestos-contaminated waste was dumped on 28 acres of wetlands property before the scheme was discovered and stopped.

Source: NBC40/Associated Press

New York asbestos victims receive record judgment in jury verdict

30 Jul 2013 by under Events, Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 New York asbestos victims receive record judgment in jury verdictA Manhattan Supreme Court jury awarded $190 million to five Plaintiffs who contracted the deadly cancer, mesothelioma, after being exposed to asbestos in their workplaces. Sadly, only two of the five victims lived to see the judgment, the largest of its kind in City. (more…)

Oklahoma tornado destruction holds hidden dangers of asbestos and other toxins

23 May 2013 by under Events, News, Organizations

Tornado by NOAA 100x100 Oklahoma tornado destruction holds hidden dangers of asbestos and other toxinsIn the wake of this week’s devastating mile-wide tornado that leveled a wide swath of Moore, Okla., folks are mourning the loss of loved ones, the loss of their homes and in some cases their livelihoods. Survivors are pulling each other close and counting their blessings. People are taking a deep breath and surveying the damage, but thankful the danger has passed. However, officials from the (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies urge caution as residents and volunteers descend on the town to begin the arduous task of cleanup. The rubble holds danger of its own, from toxins including and lead. (more…)

Disastrous aftermath: asbestos poses hazard for workers in wake of natural disasters

8 Feb 2013 by under News

Tsunami illustration 100x100 Disastrous aftermath: asbestos poses hazard for workers in wake of natural disastersA recent report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) throws light on an alarming problem often overlooked in the wake of natural disasters – the massive increase in risk of exposure to . The report specifically examines the situation in Fukushima, Japan, following the devastating 2011 , which leveled miles of the country’s northeast coast, leaving piles of debris where communities once stood. Many of the buildings that were destroyed had been manufactured following World War II, using asbestos. (more…)

Alimta developer to be inducted into Chemistry Hall of Fame

1 Jan 2010 by under News, People, Research/Treatment

edward taylor 100x100 Alimta developer to be inducted into Chemistry Hall of Fame announced Edward Taylor, its A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Organic Chemistry Emeritus, will be inducted into the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame in 2010. Additionally, Taylor has been inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was selected to receive the 2010 Alfred Burger Award in Medicinal Chemistry from the ACS. Taylor was instrumental in the development of Alimta, a drug manufactured by Eli Lilly and Co. and approved for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 2004.

Taylor was recently honored for his accomplishments at the Celebrate Princeton Invention reception, held Dec. 18. He developed Alimta in partnership with scientists at Eli Lilly and Co.  after spending more than 40 years on the Princeton faculty. However, he began research that would lead to the mesothelioma drug’s development while a graduate student at Cornell University.

According to a Princeton news release, Taylor became fascinated by reports of a compound obtained from spinach and liver that had a unique chemical structure with a nucleus previously only observed in the pigments of butterfly wings. The compound from liver, now known as folic acid, he found was essential for the synthesis of DNA and RNA, and for the growth of cells.  Taylor observed that changes to the structure of folic acid could transform it from a growth-promoting to a growth-inhibiting compound, and dedicated his career to determine how it could be used to kill cancer cells.

Since its approval by the FDA in 2004, the drug has received three additional FDA approvals, most recently in July when it became the first chemotherapy approved for use as a maintenance therapy for patients with locally advanced or metastatic nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer. Alimta has been successful in improving the quality of life and extending the lifespan of millions of cancer patients in nearly 100 countries around the world.

Taylor has previously been honored with the ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award, the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry Senior Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry, and the Research and Development Council of New Jersey’s Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for Invention.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day in the news

25 Sep 2009 by under Events, News, People

According to the Jackson NJ Online, New Jersey Senator Tom Kean (R-21) has introduced legislation to declare Sept. 26 as Mesothelioma Day in New Jersey annually. The legislation, SJR-77, has been approved by the New Jersey Senate and is waiting for consideration in the General Assembly.

The report quotes Sen. Kean as saying, “We don’t have a cure or standard treatment yet for mesothelioma, so we need to learn more about this disease and spur the development of effective treatments.” He says that designating a statewide annual recognition of Mesothelioma Awareness Day will help ensure that the public and policymakers do not forget the importance of mesothelioma awareness, and help promote funding for research.

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The Tribune features a touching story about Wendell and Elizabeth Mason. Wendell passed away as a result of complications from mesothelioma in December 2006 at age 65. He was employed for 25 years as a truck driver and insulation fabricator, where it is believed he was exposed to asbestos on the job.

The story, written by Tom Bogdon, says Wendell’s widow, Elizabeth (Beth), and his three grown children will wear t-shirts featuring a photo of Wendell on Saturday to draw attention to Mesothelioma Awareness Day. They also have obtained a proclamation from Olathe, Kansas, Mayor Michael Copeland declaring Mesothelioma Awareness Day in the city.

The report quotes Beth Mason as saying, “We want people to stop and think. Asbestos is still out there. We don’t want other families to go through what we’ve been through. Wendell and I were robbed of our retirement together.”

Read the full story at the KC Tribune’s web site.

Racing to cure mesothelioma

12 Feb 2009 by under News

bill thomas racing 150x150 Racing to cure mesotheliomaYesterday I posted some information about a mesothelioma awareness and fund raising event coming up in Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the Bridgeport Speedway. The event is the first ever “Meet and Greet” that will allow race fans to meet the drivers and see the cars of Bridgeport Speedway.

Today I talked to event organizer , Sr., of Bill Thomas Racing. He said the event was born of necessity, when he discovered in August that he has mesothelioma. Already active with his son, Bill Jr., on the racing circuit, an event tied to the sport seemed a natural fit.

“Racing with my son is a big part of my life,” he said. “I had to retire as a result of having meso, and I felt like I really needed to do something and give back so I came up with this event.”

The Meet & Greet will feature a number of drivers from the Bridgeport Speedway, located in Bridgeport, New Jersey, which bills itself as “The Fastest Dirt Track in the East.” Ms. Motorsports 2009 also will attend the event. A silent auction will help raise money for mesothelioma research, with proceeds going to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

The event is set for March 7 and 8 at the in Media, Penn.

More information about featured drivers and other events will be available in the next few weeks prior to the event. You can also follow the new Bill Thomas Racing Blog.

If you are interested in donating items for the silent auction, or volunteering in any other way, please contact Bill Thomas at 610-329-0239 or email him at

Bridgeport Speedway benefit for meso research

11 Feb 2009 by under Events, News, Organizations, Research/Treatment

race car 150x150 Bridgeport Speedway benefit for meso researchUpdates on Lung Leavin’ Day festivities to come… stay tuned!

But in the meantime, let me share some news about a fund raising event for research for those of you who live in northeast. The Bridgeport Speedway and Bill Thomas Racing will present the first ever “Meet & Greet the Drivers and See the Cars of Bridgeport Speedway” on Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8. The event will be held at the Granite Run Mall in Media, Penn.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to help fund research to find a cure for mesothelioma. The show will see the mall filled with racing vehicles of all classes and there will be a number of current and retired racers on hand to visit with fans and sign autographs. The event also will feature Ms. Motorsports 2009.

The Bridgeport Speedway, which is located in Bridgeport, New Jersey, bills itself as “The Fastest Dirt Track in the East.” The South Jersey raceway features a fun family atmosphere at a banked 5/8th mile dirt oval, featuring a dirt 1/4 mile oval embedded in the center. The track is centrally located minutes from and Delaware.

The Granite Run Mall is located in the heart of the tourist areas of central Philadelphia, Valley Forge and the Brandywine Valley.

More information about fund raising events to benefit mesothelioma research through the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is available on the organization’s web site, along with assistance if you’d like to plan an event. Go to their home page at and click on the “Volunteer” tab and then “Upcoming Events,” or email