Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania’

Construction on former Pennsylvania asbestos products factory causes concern

22 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

AmblerSeal 100x100 Construction on former Pennsylvania asbestos products factory causes concernAmbler, Pennsylvania, has a history riddled with asbestos, as it was once home to Keasbey & Mattison Co., a building products manufacturing company in the early- to mid-1900s that extensively used asbestos. Part of the town is currently designated as a Superfund Site by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other parts used to have that designation but remediation has since been completed.

Tensions are currently high in the area over the creation of a 115-unit apartment complex building on the Bast tract, an area of land that once held Keasbey & Mattison Co.’s manufacturing facilities for the creation of asbestos products. Members of the community are concerned that asbestos fibers would become airborne or be washed into a nearby creek during construction, according to The Ambler Gazette. (more…)


Insurance company contests Goodyear Tire asbestos-related defense costs

6 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Goodyear Blimp   Spirit of Innovation 100x100 Insurance company contests Goodyear Tire asbestos related defense costsGoodyear 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…)


EPA announces proposed remedial action plan for BoRit site

20 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

slide6 100x100 EPA announces proposed remedial action plan for BoRit siteAn asbestos disposal site for nearly a century, BoRit Asbestos Site in Ambler, Pennsylvania, now has a long-term remediation plan through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 38-acre BoRit site was included as part of the EPA’s Superfund Program, which provides federal funding for remediation, eight years ago, and last month the agency released its proposed long-term remedy for the site—open to public comment through March 3. (more…)


Photodynamic therapy using infrared could improve mesothelioma patient outcomes

11 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

research test tubes 100x100 Photodynamic therapy using infrared could improve mesothelioma patient outcomes Research supports multimodal therapy, using various treatment tactics, when treating mesothelioma. The deadly cancer, associated with exposure to asbestos fibers, can affect the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen, and due to a long latency period, mesothelioma is often hard to detect until it has progressed to its later stages, making treatment difficult. Multimodal therapy often includes combinations of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, but it can also include a possibly unexpected tool: light. (more…)


Asbestos suit filed by widow following U.S. veteran’s mesothelioma death

1 Feb 2016 by Temp Temple under Legal

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Asbestos suit filed by widow following U.S. veterans mesothelioma deathA U.S. Navy veteran’s widow and executrix has filed suit against aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp., as well as several other manufacturers, accusing the companies of regularly exposing her husband to the dangerous asbestos responsible for his development of mesothelioma. He died as a result of the deadly cancer. Last week, Law360 reported the asbestos lawsuit had been removed to Pennsylvania federal court. (more…)


Asbestos-related deaths spike in Allegheny County, Penn.

21 Jul 2015 by Temp Temple under News, Research/Treatment

actinolite asbestos 100x100 Asbestos related deaths spike in Allegheny County, Penn.According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund, Allegheny County in Penn., faces more asbestos-related illnesses than any other county in the state. In order to help future asbestos victims, researchers are studying how location can impact your relationship with the deadly particles. (more…)


School District in Pennsylvania accused of burying asbestos near elementary school

26 Sep 2014 by Wesley Smithart under News

asbestos warning 100x100 School District in Pennsylvania accused of burying asbestos near elementary schoolThe Board of the East Penn School District in Lehigh County, Penn., is disputing charges that the district violated environmental laws by burying construction waste containing a cancer-causing carcinogen, asbestos. In the summer of 2013, several dump-truck loads of construction debris were discarded in an area of woods just west of Wescosville Elementary School in Lower Macungie Township. School officials are claiming that they do not know who dumped the debris near their property, but after the pile was discovered, they authorized the burial of the debris in a clay-lined pit on the same site. (more…)


Claims for September 11th Victims Compensation Fund must be filed by October 12

11 Sep 2014 by Wendi Lewis under Events, Legal, News

twin towers collapse Claims for September 11th Victims Compensation Fund must be filed by October 12An important deadline is approaching for people diagnosed with cancer related to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center in , 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…)


Lawsuit filed by machinist diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer

27 Feb 2014 by Temp Temple under Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Lawsuit filed by machinist diagnosed with asbestos related lung cancerAn asbestos exposure complaint was filed Feb. 12, 2014, by a Pennsylvania man who was recently diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer. Working as a machinist for numerous companies, Milton M. Schuster, Sr., was allegedly exposed to asbestos from 1954 through 1985 by his former employers’ products, leading to his diagnosis on Dec. 12, 2013, according to the complaint. (more…)


9/11 first responders, workers continue to fall ill as 12th anniversary of tragedy is marked

11 Sep 2013 by Wendi Lewis under Events, Legal, News, People

firefighters at WTC site 100x100 9/11 first responders, workers continue to fall ill as 12th anniversary of tragedy is markedToday Americans pause to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in , and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., along with a failed attempt that downed a jetliner in a field in Pennsylvania, changed our nation forever. But as we stop to think of those who lost their lives on that day, the lingering effects of toxic debris at Ground Zero in New York continue to plague first responders and workers who cleared the debris. Many others also were exposed to toxins at the Pentagon and the plane crash site. (more…)