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Tsunami leaves dangerous asbestos scattered throughout Japan

January 31st, 2013

The damage from a tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 is still being felt as signs of dangerous asbestos show up around the country. More than a dozen tsunami sites have already registered asbestos exposure levels well above the safe level designated by the World Health Organization (WHO). (more…)

Asbestos-ridden rubble may lead to court case

December 3rd, 2012

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has threatened an asbestos lawsuit after a stop-work order left a pile of rubble contaminated with asbestos outside of an old elementary school. The DEQ has ordered the two contracting companies feuding over whose responsibility it is to clean the asbestos to settle the dispute or face a lawsuit. (more…)

Sri Lankan government encouraging asbestos production

October 24th, 2012

The Sri Lankan government is openly encouraging private sector production of asbestos, a carcinogenic building material largely banned or restricted throughout the world. The developing country still uses the material in manufacturing, despite the known risks of mesothelioma cancer from asbestos exposure. (more…)

Groups recognize National Mesothelioma Awareness Day

September 28th, 2012

Several groups throughout the United States recognized September 26 as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. In 2004, Congress designated the day to increase awareness about mesothelioma cancer and support the roughly 3,000 patients who receive a mesothelioma diagnosis every year. (more…)

California couple awarded $48 million in asbestos lawsuit

July 17th, 2012

A Los Angeles jury awarded $48 million in an asbestos lawsuit after finding several companies liable for one man’s mesothelioma cancer. Bobbie Izell and his wife was awarded the sum after the jury found that Union Carbide Corp. acted with malice in attempting to present its asbestos products as safe. (more…)

Massachusetts property owner indicted for asbestos abatement violations

May 9th, 2012

A Massachusetts property owner has been indicted for violating the a state’s Clean Air Act and endangering the health of her tenants during improper removal of asbestos. Susan Nissenbaum allegedly paid two tenants to remove asbestos from the side of her property and then stored it in torn plastic bags on the property. (more…)

Australian researchers develop promising mesothelioma blood test

April 25th, 2012

Researchers in Australia have developed a new blood test that may be able to identify patients with mesothelioma cancer. The new test could allow doctors to diagnose mesothelioma cases without the need for invasive biopsies or other tests, allowing for faster diagnoses and earlier treatment. (more…)

Asbestos Awareness Week resolution passed by the Senate

March 14th, 2012

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating the first week of April as “Asbestos Awareness Week.” The resolution was introduced by Senator Max Baucus of Montana. This marks the sixth year in a row Baucus has introduced the legislation. (more…)

Famed forensic sculptor dies from mesothelioma

February 22nd, 2012

Frank Bender, a forensic sculptor who helped solve dozens of murder cases, has passed away from pleural mesothelioma. Bender contracted the rare form of cancer after being exposed to asbestos while working on US Navy ships from 1959 until 1961. (more…)

Environmental agency files asbestos lawsuit against contractor

January 11th, 2012

The U.S. Department of Environment Protection (DEP) has filed an asbestos lawsuit against a Pennsylvania contractor. The lawsuit alleges that Lovett Contracting improperly removed nearly 3,000 feet of asbestos insulation from a commercial building and failed to properly dispose of the materials. (more…)

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