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EPA Allowing Asbestos Back into Manufacturing

The Trump administration has said the EPA does not have to consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments. This clears the way for some hazardous materials to find their way back into use. Click here to read the entire article from The Architects’s Newspaper.

Canada Prohibits Asbestos & Asbestos Containing Products

Last week, Canada announced legislation to ban the mining, import, sale and manufacture of asbestos by the end of the year (2018). Canadian Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations Unfortunately, on October 19, 2018 the provision of a $12 million grant to a Quebec company to reprocess asbestos mining waste was made public despite serious concerns of health… Read more →

Minorities and Lung Cancer Detection

In screening for lung cancer with Low Dose CT  scans (LDCT), a University of Illinois at Chicago study found that inner city minority based populations have a higher incidence of lung cancer than the majority white population studied in the National Lung Screening Trial. The Lung Cancer Screening Trial findings contributed to the current guidelines used in determining if a… Read more →

Insulators urge: ‘Unite for a Cure’ for mesothelioma

Battling the deadly scourge of mesothelioma and other occupational lung diseases, was the topic of a two-day symposium last month put on by the Heat and Frost Insulators International in Florida. While these diseases pose a grave risk to all constructions workers, the insulators and asbestos workers have the highest exposure rate and, unfortunately, the highest mortality rate.  Read Full… Read more →

Naturally Occurring Asbestos Found Near Boulder City, NV

Home development in the El Dorado Valley along Interstate-11 southeast of Las Vegas may be impacted by naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) discovered when a new section of I-11 was to be constructed.  State laws to protect citizens from the dangers of NOA are not stringent enough to protect against low levels of exposure which can cause disease.  Click here to… Read more →

Quebec Asbestos Industry Lobbyists Seek Exemption for Mining Waste Uses

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… Read more →