Posts Tagged 'cancer'

Hurricane wreckage may contain asbestos

Asbestos-contaminated wreckage that Hurricane Sandy left behind may represent a public health hazard, according to a story in the Huffington Post.

The story says Sandy left wind and water damage along much of the East Coast. That wreckage includes roofing, pipes and insulation, all of which could contain microscopic asbestos fibers.

Of all the potential environmental toxins left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, asbestos is among the most worrisome. Microscopic asbestos fibers ...

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Developer sentenced for improper asbestos disposal

A developer has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation for failing to properly remove and dispose of asbestos at a building site in Kansas City, Mo., according to a story in the Kansas City Star.

Developer Bill Threatt pleaded guilty to violations of the federal Clean Air Act, which were committed from 2001 to 2006 while he was overseeing preparations for the Citadel Plaza retail project in downtown Kansas City.

The ...

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Advice on avoiding, identifying symptoms of mesothelioma

According to the American Cancer Society, the best way to avoid contracting mesothelioma is to avoid contact with asbestos in homes, in public buildings, and at work.

Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma – a cancer that affects the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body called the mesothelium.

The American Cancer Society says people who could be exposed to asbestos at work include miners, factory ...

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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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