Japan: 45 more cases linked to asbestos exposure

March 31, 2008

TOKYO, JAPAN: A further 45 people have been confirmed with health problems after exposure to asbestos from a former factory site in Ota Ward in Tokyo, the ward office said Saturday (29 Mar).

One man in his 70s died in October of pericardial mesothelioma–a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos–and seven other people developed health problems after inhaling asbestos, according to the ward office.

Read complete story here.


Six tons of asbestos illegally dumped

August 6, 2007

From Thames Laboratories

The Environment Agency [United Kingdom] has sealed of an area of Thornton, Lancashire after six tonnes of asbestos was found illegally dumped on a privately owned industrial estate.

The asbestos has been secured and the site owners are arranging to have it correctly disposed of. Meanwhile a full investigation is underway and the Environment Agency is confident they will be able to identify the culprits.

A spokesman for the Agency said, “Samples are being taken from the asbestos at the site, and will be analysed at our laboratory in Nottinghamshire. We have quite sophisticated DNA tests which can help us and the police trace who has dumped it.”

Because of the dangerous nature of the material, responsible for lethal diseases such as mesothelioma, disposal of asbestos is tightly controlled and only a limited number of companies are licensed by the Environment Agency to perform the activity.

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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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Owners of asbestos removal school charged with scam

August 2, 2007

Associated Press, August 2, 2007

A Queens technical school that was supposed to have been training laborers to safely remove asbestos helped hundreds of students cheat on their state certification exams, prosecutors said. The Queens district attorney said the husband and wife owners of the Senagryph Training Facilities gave out answers to anyone who needed them during the tests, including undercover detectives posing as students. In addition, foreign laborers in the country illegally were encouraged to use fraudulent Social Security numbers to obtain their asbestos removal licenses, the prosecutor said.

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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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Minnesota asbestos polluter tries to evade compliance with the law

August 1, 2007

July 31, 2007, with information from Minnesota National Public Radio

Reserve Mining Company was found dumping its asbestos-contaminated waste rock into Lake Superior thirty years ago. The courts forced Reserve to build an on-land disposal site for its waste rock, and set a standard for how many fibers the company could let dump on the surrounding towns through airborne emissions.

Asbestos is the carcinogenic, Class A poison responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in this country, and the cause of America’s largest ever public health disaster

“Based on the measurements that were done in the early ’80s, and the fact that the agency quit monitoring for 25 years, we believe we satisfied the requirement in the fiber levels,” company spokeswoman LaTisha Gietzen was quoted as saying. “We continue to do our part, and they’ve [levels] continued to drop, and they’re at the lowest levels they’ve been in 30 years.”

However, since the standard for acceptable emissions is the quantity of fibers in St. Paul, where asbestos levels have also dropped, the company is out of compliance. Rather than meet the strict requirements, the company has sought an end-run around the regulations by trying to overturn the original court ruling.

Lee Lind, from the Save Lake Superior Association, originally formed his group 30 years ago to fight Reserve’s dumping in Lake Superior. Now the group has teamed with the Sierra Club. “Fibers are falling every day on Beaver Bay, Silver Bay, on the harbor down there,” Lind says. “It’s not like this problem has gone away, and these fibers, according the EPA, are considered dangerous.”

It’s time for corporate polluters like Reserve to follow the rules, not change them.

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OMB Watch piles on against chrysotile apologist Paustenbach

June 4, 2007

EPA Asbestos Panel Should Stay Insulated from Industry

EPA is considering appointing Dennis C. Paustenbach to the asbestos panel of its Science Advisory Board. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Paustenbach has made a career out of defending corporations in asbestos exposure suits.

Agency panels and committees, such as EPA’s Science Advisory Board, are important tools for regulatory decision-makers. Panels are supposed to consist of impartial experts who can provide valuable scientific and technical advice.

EPA created the asbestos panel to aid the agency in maintaining risk assessments and exposure standards consistent with the most up-to-date scientific data and technological feasibility. Unfortunately, it appears Paustenbach’s expertise is in downplaying the risks of asbestos exposure and advocating for less protective federal standards.

EWG has sent a letter to EPA further detailing their opinion as to why Paustenbach is a bad choice. To read the letter, click here.

Posted by Matt Madia