Asbestos dumped at Wigan nature reserve – Wigan Today

Wigan wildlife volunteers have slammed flytippers who left a container full of asbestos in a nature reserve.

Members of the ‘Friends of Three Sisters’ group were shocked to find a large trolley with a plastic wrapped bundle full of the hazardous material dumped in plain sight in the Ashton wildlife park.

The waste is believed to have been dumped on Thursday, May 2 between 12pm and 1.30pm.

 

“It is absolutely unbelievable,” said Vic Greenwood, a founding member of the group.

via Asbestos dumped at Wigan nature reserve – Wigan Today.

More than 200 teachers died from asbestos – and kids are at risk in classroom – Mirror Online

More than 200 teachers have died in the past 10 years from the effects of being exposed to asbestos.

And for each teacher fatality, nine ex-pupils can also be expected to fall victim to the silent killer, a study claims – an average of almost 200 per year.

Breathing in asbestos fibres can lead to mesothelioma, a cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs and can strike years or even decades after exposure.

via More than 200 teachers died from asbestos – and kids are at risk in classroom – Mirror Online.

Worker who helped clear up after COD Donnington blaze died from exposure to asbestos | Shropshire Star

Peter Henry Brittain, 77, of Haygate Road, Wellington, was a retired groundsman for Telford Council, and had worked in the aftermath of the 1983 fire.

A fast track inquest into his death, held at Shirehall on Wednesday, heard how he lived alone and passed away on April 24.

He had worked to remove a large amount of asbestos following the fire.

via Worker who helped clear up after COD Donnington blaze died from exposure to asbestos | Shropshire Star.

Sydney roadway asbestos triggers budget blowouts

The cost of removing and disposing asbestos being uncovered on Sydney road projects is surging well above $100 million, blowing out budgets and forcing the state government to raid other projects to cover funding shortfalls.

On one road initiative – the M4 Smart Motorway between Mays Hill and Lapstone – the amount of asbestos uncovered has added more than $70 million to the estimated cost of a project that had been budgeted at $470 million.

The increasing discovery of asbestos on road projects has also triggered mixed messages from the government about the best way to treat or remove the hazardous material – and about how to communicate those options to the community.

via Sydney roadway asbestos triggers budget blowouts.

Neighbors, politicians, ‘whistleblowers’ join escalating asbestos fight in Newport

For over a month, members of the Delaware AFL-CIO have been protesting the massive demolition of the long-shuttered General Motors plant in Newport, claiming video footage of non-union work inside shows dangerous asbestos “snow” wafting over the site.  

While the protests triggered a call to police last month, more recently they have prompted an “inquiry” from state environmental investigators. They have spoken with demolition workers who said that supervisors at their employer, Ecoservices LLC, directed them to hide in trailers when federal regulators conducted a site inspection, according to all three of the workers.  

via Neighbors, politicians, ‘whistleblowers’ join escalating asbestos fight in Newport.

Facility Managers in Puerto Rico Advised to Test Fire Curtains for Asbestos Hazards | WebWire

Fire curtains, also referred to as safety curtains, are a fire safety device used in theaters and auditoriums. Modern fire curtains are often made of fiberglass or iron, but in the past they were typically made with asbestos due to the minerals unique fire resistant properties of being non-flammable and non-combustible.
 
Unfortunately, many original fire curtains that contain asbestos can still be found in buildings. Earlier this year there were news reports about theaters in New Hampshire and Connecticut that were replacing asbestos-containing fire curtains with new curtains that did not contain the carcinogenic fibers. Just last year, an auditorium at a university in South Carolina had to be temporarily closed after asbestos was discovered following an annual test of the facility’s fire curtain found asbestos fibers on the stage and not surprisingly in the material used in the fire curtain itself.

via Facility Managers in Puerto Rico Advised to Test Fire Curtains for Asbestos Hazards | WebWire.

Grandma who died from asbestos exposure lost SEVEN relatives to same condition – Examiner Live

A great-grandmother, who died from exposure to asbestos, lost seven relatives following their exposure to the deadly insulation material.

Celia Brackenbury, 82, died in August from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos.

An inquest, at Wakefield Coroner’s Court earlier this month, concluded that Ms Brackenbury, from Liversedge , had died from industrial disease.

Before her death Ms Brackenbury had lost seven relatives, including a brother, uncles and a nephew, to conditions linked to asbestos, her solicitors Irwin Mitchell said.

via Grandma who died from asbestos exposure lost SEVEN relatives to same condition – Examiner Live.

EPA official says agency may ban asbestos | TheHill

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official said the agency may ban asbestos near the end of the year.

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said the agency will complete its risk assessment of asbestos within the three years set out by Congress by the end of 2019.   

“If there is any unreasonable risk, the EPA will regulate, and our regulation could take the form of a ban,” Dunn told The Hill.

While asbestos is not widely used in the U.S., some products that contain asbestos are imported into the U.S. for the manufacture other products, including chlorine, some automotive parts, and in the oil drilling process.

But the dangers of asbestos have long been documented: the carcinogen causes illnesses like lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

via EPA official says agency may ban asbestos | TheHill.

Russia to produce non-hazardous asbestos for Sri Lanka – #somethingsmellsfishy

Apr 12, Colombo: Russia has decided to introduce new non-hazardous form of asbestos to Sri Lanka which is more environmental friendly, according to the Government Information Department.

Visiting Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation Sergey. A. Kraevoy apprised Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne of this decision during a discussion in Colombo recently.

Ambassador to the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka Yuri Borisovich Materiy, Health Ministry Secretary Wasantha Perera and Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe were present at the discussion.

This new form of asbestos has reportedly been produced to suit the climatic condition of the country.

 

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Asbestos disease expert wins right to obtain information held on him by lobbyist | The BMJ

A leading expert on asbestos related cancers has won a landmark Data Protection Act claim at the High Court against a lobbyist who accused him of giving fraudulent evidence in court cases and tried to get him struck off the medical register.1

Robin Rudd, a consultant physician specialising in respiratory diseases and cancer, has spent 35 years giving expert evidence in cases in which claimants have sought damages for mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and pleural disease allegedly caused by exposure to asbestos.

via Asbestos disease expert wins right to obtain information held on him by lobbyist | The BMJ.