Since 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 (EPA) to better protect Americans’ lives. (more…)
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With more than 107,000 deaths occurring annually around the world due to asbestos exposure, awareness is key in protecting and educating the masses on the importance of asbestos education and preparedness. That’s why the U.S. nonprofit Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has been holding an annual conference on the subject since 2005, over the years bringing together more than 300 speakers to discuss the joint efforts behind education, advocacy and awareness. (more…)
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has announced a social media campaign focused on the lives of 12 mesothelioma victims in order to help Congress understand the dangers of asbestos exposure and encourage legislators to ban the substance once and for all. (more…)
The Ocean View school district, located in California, was in for an unpleasant surprise when construction workers discovered dangerous asbestos 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 mesothelioma, 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…)
What would be your reaction to plastic bags filled with asbestos illegally dumped on your street? In Spokane County, Wash., neighbors correctly responded to the dangerous situation by immediately notifying law enforcement about the leaking asbestos-filled bags; however, the bags have yet to be fully addressed since the emergency is “just” a “level three” call, according to county officials. (more…)
In late 2012, a local resident’s concern prompted U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) investigators to test rocks at a housing development in Burlington, Calif., and they uncovered troubling results – naturally occurring asbestos.
Prolonged exposure to asbestos, such as that found in the rocks, has been linked to the development of diseases including mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or, rarely, the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma. The investigators that discovered the asbestos in the rocks drafted a report recommending that signs be posted “alerting people to the dangers of asbestos exposure.” (more…)
A Philadelphia County jury found in favor of the family of Edward Merwitz, a former shipfitter who died of mesothelioma at age 62. The lawsuit alleged Merwitz was exposed to asbestos-containing products while working on U.S. Navy ships between the years of 1965 and 1970. (more…)
Today marks the start of Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW), which will be observed April 1-7, 2014. The event was started as National Asbestos Awareness Day in 2005, expanded to National Asbestos Awareness Week, and is now recognized globally as a time to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos. (more…)
Today Americans pause to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, 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…)
Six people were killed June 5 when a building under demolition in downtown Philadelphia, Penn., collapsed. A wall caved in on a Salvation Army store adjacent to the construction site, and staff and shoppers were buried under debris. Now, documents indicate there was asbestos present in the building. It appears the contractor did not notify city officials prior to beginning work and improperly disposed of asbestos-laden materials in an open trash bin on the construction site. (more…)