Quebec Asbestos Industry Lobbyists Seek Exemption for Mining Waste Uses

March 26, 2018

In light of Canada closing the asbestos mines in Quebec, Kathleen Ruff of RightOnCanada writes:

“A dramatic battle is unfolding between the the Canadian and the Quebec governments and the asbestos lobby.

For decades the Canadian and the Quebec governments betrayed the people of Quebec by hiding the clear scientific evidence that all asbestos is harmful. For decades both levels of government were in bed with and financed the asbestos lobby and allowed it to write Canada’s and Quebec’s laws on asbestos”.

Click here to read about industry’s proposed uses of the waste from asbestos mines.

Required Replacement of Respirator Cartridges

February 14, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control talks about the importance of knowing when you respirator cartridges have reached the end of their service life.  Click here to be aware of the the OSHA regulations you and your respiratory protection program administrator should always follow.

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: