While mesothelioma most often affects the lining surround the lungs, it is not technically considered a lung cancer, as it could also affect the lining of the heart or the abdomen. Mesothelioma, which is caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos, is relatively rare. In fact, those exposed to asbestos are at a far greater risk of lung cancer than mesothelioma. Lung cancers are treatable with early detection, whereas mesothelioma has a long latency period that makes early detection incredibly difficult. However, advancements in the early detection of lung cancers may help detect mesothelioma as well. (more…)
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Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. faces approximately 62,000 claims involving asbestos-related injuries in New York, Maryland, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. The claims allege exposure to asbestos through the tire company’s products, including floor tiles, gaskets and furnace hoses, according to Law360. Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co. filed a petition in federal court Wednesday to declare it has no duty to pay defense costs, though Goodyear says otherwise due to an insurance policy. (more…)
Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals broke away from precedents set by other states last month, ruling a widow could not receive damages for the loss of her husband’s companionship after he died from mesothelioma.
According to the Daily Business Review, the court ruled 2-1 that construction worker John Kelly’s widow, Janis, cannot recover damages under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act for the loss of her husband’s companionship because his asbestos exposure occurred a few years before their 1976 wedding. The two had been married for nearly 40 years when he died in 2015 from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer linked to the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. (more…)
A former Arkell and Smiths Sack Co. facility in Canajoharie, N.Y., has been targeted for demolition and asbestos removal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA 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…)
According to The Citizen, a $500,000 “emergency” clean-up project was announced by the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District’s Board of Education following the discovery its schools were tainted by the presence of asbestos, radon and lead.
The re-organizational meeting, which took place in the school district’s home state of New York, held a vote by the board unanimously deciding to sponsor the Emergency Asbestos/Lead Abatement and Radon Mitigation Project. The abatement will take place at the district’s High School, Ramsdell Middle School, and Elbridge Elementary School. (more…)
There is no denying the link between asbestos and the multitude of reported illnesses it has caused, including the fatal cancer mesothelioma. However, presidential candidate Donald Trump was recently called out by the news organization Mother Jones for his odd asbestos conspiracy theory:
“I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal,” Trump claimed in his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback. “Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented. Millions of truckloads of this incredible fireproofing material were taken to special ‘dump sites’ and asbestos was replaced by materials that were supposedly safe but couldn’t hold a candle to asbestos in limiting the ravages of fire.” (more…)
Niagara County, N.Y., officials are under fire this week for reportedly allowing welfare workers to remove asbestos debris from a government building without protective equipment. The welfare workers are required to work in order to receive their benefits. President of the county’s blue-collar union, William C. Rutland, who represents the workers, said the county was taking advantage of them. They simply reported and did as they were instructed without being advised of the potential danger, he alleges. (more…)
Naturally occurring asbestos minerals are human carcinogens and can cause a plethora of health effects, but how does one go about avoiding these dangerous minerals if they’re in the wind? (more…)
Willingly exposing residents to the dangers of asbestos has two New York men looking at serious jail time and fines. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), both John Francis Mills, the owner of more than a dozen properties in Malone, N.Y., and his maintenance manager, Thomas J. McAvoy, have been sentenced to 21 months in prison for cooperatively and openly violating the Clean Air Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Following their prison terms, the two men will also face two years of supervised release, while Mills will be forced to pays fines of $25,000 and a $300 crime victim special assessment fee. (more…)
An important deadline is approaching for people diagnosed with cancer related to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon, or in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, following the terrorist attacks and plane crashes at those sites. In order to file a claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, individual must register with the fund by October 12, 2014. (more…)