Posts Tagged 'asbestos'

Police officer files suit over asbestos issue

A column in the Philadelphia Inquirer concerns a Philadelphia police officer who was coordinating the renovation of a Police Athletic League of Philadelphia center, and raised concerns about exposed asbestos.

The column says the officer, Paul Zenak, received reprimands after persisting in trying to get the problem taken care of. He has since filed a whistle-blower suit in Common Pleas Court against PAL, the church, the contractor, and the city, which partially ...

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Presence of asbestos adds $800,000 to project

The Saginaw News reports that crews demolishing a building in Saginaw, Michigan, discovered asbestos covering the structural steel.

Removal of the asbestos from a onetime shopping mall called the Saginaw Centre will add an estimated $800,000 to a project already budgeted at $4.8 million.

According to the report, the Saginaw Centre was built in 1972, at a time when asbestos was commonly used for fireproofing. Use of asbestos as a building material has ...

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Senate candidate on defensive over asbestos issue

Lawyer Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Massachusetts, is defending her representation of an insurance company in an asbestos lawsuit, the Boston Globe reports.

Warren’s Republican opponent, U.S. Senator Scott Brown, has attacked her for representing Travelers Insurance in a 2009 lawsuit. Brown alleges that Warren’s work on behalf of a corporate client undercuts her reputation as a consumer advocate.

Breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased ...

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Answers about treatment for Sept. 11-related cancer

An article in Newsday answers questions that readers might have about the 60 forms of cancer related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks now covered through the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently added certain forms of cancer to the fund, established in 2010 and named for police detective James Zadroga, who died after working at Ground Zero.

The list of covered cancers includes ...

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Businessman purchases asbestos-coated map

According to a story in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, a businessman in Hanover, Pa., has purchased a 50-year-old electronic map illustrating the Battle of Gettysburg from the U.S. General Services Administration for $14,000.

The National Park Service sold the 12-ton, steel-and-plaster topographical map in an online auction. It had been part of a former visitors’ center that has since been razed, but was not included in a new center that opened ...

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Mixed feelings about 9/11 cancer decision

According to a report on ABC News, many first responders have mixed feelings about a decision to make cancer victims eligible for treatment and compensation under the World Trade Center Health Program.

The program set aside $4.3 billion to treat and otherwise compensate victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, including first responders who suffered health problems after inhaling toxic dust at the site of Ground Zero.

The fund previously included health problems including asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome and lower back pain. ...

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