Trump Administration to Limit EPA’s Review of Asbestos Dangers

October 25, 2017

In an example of President Trump siding with industry, and potentially affecting the lives of home owners, construction workers and firefighters, the “EPA now says it will focus only on [reviewing] toxins still being manufactured and entering commerce. It won’t consider whether new handling and disposal rules are needed for “legacy,” or previously existing, materials” like asbestos.  

The video embedded in this Associated Press article, featuring Dr. Michael Harbut and his patient,  exemplifies the dangers of narrowing the focus of EPA reviews associated with asbestos and other toxins already in use.

Click here to read the article and view the video.

Asbestos Whistle-blower in Canada Persecuted by Gov’t

August 23, 2017

A British Columbia, Canada general contractor has been fighting a battle since 2009 that has put his company out of business and endangered his health.  “My crew and I unknowingly exposed ourselves and others to high concentrations of asbestos while removing and rebuilding plumbing valves that contained asbestos.”  Click here to read the article.

Harbut Radio Interview on Asbestos in Detroit

August 11, 2017

On August 10, 2017, Michigan Public Radio posted an article interviewing Dr. Michael Harbut, a specialist in occupational medicine and an expert at treating asbestos-related illnesses at St. John Providence in Farmington Hills.  It concerns the lack of oversight by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in the demolition of abandoned houses in the City of Detroit. 

Follow the link below to read the article and hear the full audio interview:

http://michiganradio.org/post/audit-says-state-behind-asbestos-inspections-health-expert-says-s-unacceptable

A New Approach to Determining Mesothelioma Risk

May 23, 2017

There may be a new dose-time-response relationship between occupational asbestos and pleural mesothelioma.  One recent, yet to be repeated, study suggests that asbestos workers with high doses of exposure during the first years and low doses thereafter were at higher risk of pleural mesothelioma than those who accumulated most of the doses later in their careers.  Click here to read the study.

1950’s Asbestos Video Produced in Cooperation With Johns Manville

May 2, 2017

This old video explains and extols the virtues of asbestos, with no mention of the dangers known since the 30’s…  Click here to view the film.