Feds reject board of supervisors’ specious claim, investigate asbestos health claims of SF residents

August 3, 2007

After the Board of Supervisors ruled yesterday against residents’ complaints about health hazards from construction on a former asbestos-containing shipyard site being converted into residential housing, the federal government stepped in to evaluate their claims. Adamant assertions by public health director Mitch Katz that the construction, which kicks up airborne asbestos, is safe, were rejected subject to further investigation.

Residents have suffered adverse health effects, and their suspicions were increased by the fact that compliance was overseen by a consulted employed by the construction firm.

Read here for details: San Francisco Chronicle, August 3, 2007.

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San Francisco board of supervisors disregard asbestos danger, approve residential development

August 2, 2007

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors agreed that work on the major redevelopment “Does not pose any human health risks.” The Bayview-Hunters Point project, according to neighborhood residents, is sending asbestos-laden dust into the air and causing health complications. From the San Francisco Examiner.

In response to the health concerns, Supervisor Chris Daly introduced a resolution calling for an immediate halt to the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard construction project in order to conduct an independent study on possible health impacts. For more than a year, Lennar Corp. has been preparing one parcel of a former massive shipyard for a 1,600-unit residential development. The board voted down the resolution.

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UK developers collude with PR firm to deceive public about asbestos hazards

August 2, 2007

In an incredible PR ploy to convince housing authorities and residents that a planned development on the grounds of what was once the world’s larges asbestos textile mill, formerly owned by Turner and Newall, Countryside Properties retained the services of the PPG group to spread inaccurate and misleading information about the project, according to a report by IndymediaUK.com.

The 3-year propaganda campaign has seen the developers:

–Publicly apologize for “past actions” and “miscommunication”
–The Advertising Standards Authority rule against the developers for a misleading newsletter that breached their code on honesty, truthfulness and substantiation
–Countryside Properties was found to have cybersquatted misleading domain names that could have been confused with the local community campaign
–BBC investigations revealed misleading assurances made on behalf of the developers about asbestos test results and exposed asbestos.

Similar to misinformation campaigns and infiltration strategies utilized by U.S. asbestos defendants, the economic needs of those promoting asbestos as safe and useful have for years been put above public health concerns in the United Kingdom.

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