School Will Close Due to Asbestos Discovery

The Donald Small School houses Maine’s Bath Community Television along with a recreation center, but it will be closed from now until September 16th due to a recent asbestos discovery. In addition to finding asbestos is contained within the building materials, there is also the presence of lead-based paint, which is considered to be highly carcinogenic. Bath’s Community Television program will be delayed for these ten days, to be followed by a renovation project of the center. A loan grant offered to the city of Bath by the US Environmental Protection Agency will cover the entire cost of the renovations and asbestos removal – prized somewhere around $180,000. Asbestos is a fiber-like substance that, when lodged in the lungs, collects and leads to mesothelioma cancer later in life. It is often found in old or abandoned buildings and results from years of disguise. When it is found, however, buildings are closed and people are removed from the scene to contain the asbestos as much as possible. Usually, the asbestos fibers are wetted down to prevent the possibility of asbestos fibers spreading beyond the room and area in which they are contained. In order to remove these fibers, however, you should contact an asbestos removal company. Do not try to do it yourself. You should also consult reliable sources to see whether or not an asbestos removal company is licensed and legitimate according to the law (do they have the proper licensure in order to perform the job). In this case, the television building was closed immediately, sparing life. The building will be renovated to make sure that no traces of asbestos remain. The greatest damage asbestos can do is to produce cancer in someone (sadly, lung cancer) years down the line. If you or someone you know has seen asbestos or observed a substance that he or she thinks could be asbestos, contact the EPA branch in your area immediately. For more information on this story, visit the following link: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/08/20/news/midcoast/asbestos-lead-removal-will-force-bath-community-television-off-air-sept-6-16/?ref=latest

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Asbestos Removal Certification Announced

Wilcote Announces Asbestos Removal Certification Wilcote has announced that it is now fully certified through the Department of Labour to remove, repair or restore asbestos. Umhlali, South Africa – July 04 — Wilcote is a South African Family Brand that manufactures, supplies and applies a full range of building maintenance products countrywide. Recently, the company has been registered by the Department of Labour as Asbestos Contractors to conduct demolition work in term of regulation 21 of the asbestos regulation. Wilcote founder and Director, Will Rogers says, “The prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, the tiny fibers are released into the air. When they are breathed in, they can become trapped in the lungs and stay there for many years. Over time these fibers can accumulate in the lungs and cause these serious illnesses. He adds, “Due to the potentially fatal consequences of asbestos inhalation, it is vital that the public use certified companies to deal with asbestos repairs or removals.” Wilcote is proud to announce that is has acquired asbestos removal certification from the South African Department of Labour, and is now certified to safely remove, repair and restore all asbestos installations. “Wilcote have designed and developed, with our Global Suppliers, unique, enviro and eco-friendly products, coupled with our Systems and Solutions, to provide our Customers’ with non-evasive methods for the Restoration and removal of all Asbestos Roofing, Materials & Ceilings,” Roger adds lastly. Moreover, the company is a member of FASA (The Franchise Association of South Africa), proud member of SAPMA and Master Builders Association. About the Company Wilcote was established in 1990 and is a leading South African provider of specialized building solutions, including waterproofing, dampproofing, swimming pool renovations and ecological paints. Wilcote manufactures all products specifically for the South African and Sub-Saharan African market. Wilcote’s aim is to provide their clients at residential, commercial or industrial levels, with the cost effective, long-term solutions, the first time round. For more details, visit http://www.wilcote.co.za/ Contact Information Wilcote Will Rodgers (03294) 22030 http://www.wilcote.co.za/ W9 District Road D176 Umhlali, Kwazulu-Natal 4391, South Africa

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Families Receive $90M Verdict Against Foreign Asbestos

Manville, NJ Families Receive $90.5 M Verdict Against Foreign Asbestos Giant Eleven families from Manville, New Jersey represented by the national asbestos litigation firm Levy Konigsberg LLP took another step in their quest for justice against the company that supplied asbestos to Johns-Manville from the 1950s into the 1980s. NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey – July 03 – Verdicts totaling $90.5 Million in 11 mesothelioma death cases (1) – including a mother and daughter – were rendered by the Superior Court of Middlesex County after years of litigation and a week of hearings before the Honorable Ana C. Viscomi. According to court documents, the plaintiff families – represented by the law firms of Levy Konigsberg and Szaferman Lakind – sued Anova Holding, AG and Becon, AG for the asbestos that they sold to Johns-Manville and which proximately caused their mesothelioma – a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The lawyers for the families utilized the procedures of international treaties to serve Anova and Becon (both foreign entities) with the complaints. Neither defendant appeared or answered the complaints. Undeterred, the plaintiffs successfully obtained Default Judgments against these companies, and again served them with notice of the scheduled Proof Hearings through The Hague Convention procedures. Starting on June 20, 2014, court hearings were held to award damages to these families. The families were represented at the hearings by Leah Kagan and Moshe Maimon of Levy Konigsberg, and testimony of the mesothelioma victims, their families, and expert witnesses concluded on June 26, 2014. After deliberating upon the evidence, the Court awarded damages to each family for the pain and suffering of the mesothelioma victims and loss of consortium to their spouses. According to Kagan, “These families have suffered horribly at the hands of companies like Anova and Becon, and we are proud to represent them in their brave and unrelenting quest for justice.” According to the lawsuit papers, Anova Holding, AG and Becon, AG are successors to the Eternit group of companies, which mined asbestos in South Africa, primarily, and sold it throughout the world, including to the Johns-Manville Company. In 2012, two executives from Eternit, family heir Stephan Schmidheiny and Swiss billionaire Baron Louis de Cartier de Marchienne, were convicted in a highly publicized criminal trial in Turin, Italy for their mining and sale of asbestos. They were held responsible for the deaths of almost 3,000 people (2). Levy Konigsberg LLP is a nationally recognized trial law firm specializing in the representation of mesothelioma and other asbestos cancer victims. For more details about the hearing and judgment, contact Leah Kagan or Moshe Maimon. (1) Tuturice v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-2030-10AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); DiTolvo v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-0464-10AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Durlester v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-9677-08AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Greene v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-8113-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Ketchem v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-10217-08AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Koshinsky v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-4059-08AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Lindsay v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-6858-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Slepokura v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-7717-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Tafil v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-215-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Troth v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-9794-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Upshaw v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-7638-11AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County). (2) The Telegraph, 02/13/2012: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9079381/Pair-sentenced-to-16-years-in-Italy-asbestos-trial.html Contact Information Leah Kagan Levy Konigsberg LLP http://www.levylaw.com/mesothelioma-attorneys.php +1 212-605-6200 Moshe Maimon Levy Konigsberg LLP http://www.levylaw.com/law-firm.php 212-605-6200

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Hospital Set to Build New Cancer Center

Detroit’s very own Chelsea Community Hospital looks to build a CCH Cancer Center by December 2014, according to CBS News. The new cancer center will cost millions and will be 15,000 square feet in size. The Cancer center has been a long time coming for Detroit’s Chelsea Hospital. The hospital’s $6 million campaign looks to continue bringing in funds to aid with the overall task of raising the money necessary to build the cancer center. According to doctors, this is a huge step for the citizens of Detroit as well as all of Michigan State. “A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event and we recognize that patients need to receive care that is outstanding both in terms of clinical competence and the compassionate way it is delivered. We have an amazing staff here that love what they do, are dedicated to the community and have the benefit of a larger network of cancer care through Saint Joseph Mercy Health System,” said CCH Infusion Center Director Dr. Kathleen Beekman.   The new Cancer Center will add some needed space to Chelsea Hospital: oncology suites for both doctors and patients (radiation as well), a hospital pharmacy where prescription drugs can be filled on-site rather than elsewhere, radiation equipment space, exam rooms for patients, and basic waiting areas. The Cancer Center will be a huge help for patients who are battling the life-threatening disease. Cancer is one of the most humiliating life diseases, and it is something that knocks patients off their feet when they are forced to encounter it. It is different from, say, back surgery, asthma, or even something as small as a cold, sinus infection, or stomach bug. It is different from organ replacement, considered by many to be a surgery of top priority. Cancer is, to use a brief definition, a self-destruction process of the patient’s own body. It is the breaking down of cells that give life to the human body and allow facial hair to grow, head hair to grow, nails to grow, and so on. Beyond the physical changes that occur with cancer, there are emotional and psychological changes that affect the patient forever. Even if the individual survives the cancer, there are still the emotional obstacles and hurdles one must face to come to accept one’s own mortality and the possibility that death could come at any moment. It takes a lot out of an individual, and it is nice to see Chelsea coming around to offering specific help for cancer patients. The new Cancer Center will help Chelsea to offer better care for cancer patients and show them that their condition is taken seriously. Mustering this type of resource will also bring more patients to Chelsea, expanding the hospital’s presence in the country and possibly the world.


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School Emergency Declaration After Asbestos Discovery

Calvin Coolidge Elementary School, an elementary school in Binghamton, New York, may receive an emergency declaration due to an asbestos discovery. Nearly two weeks ago, asbestos was discovered in a small space in the school, and faculty and students were immediately removed from the site. In addition, school activities planned later that day in the asbestos-infected area were discontinued and placed on hold. District Communications Coordinator Don Sbarra said that everyone was transported to a safe area where the child programs were continued. The worst part in all of this is that a sister school, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary, because it was said that materials from Calvin Coolidge Elementary were transported to the sister school – placing the faculty and students there at risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is often found in abandoned buildings such as warehouses or old military bases, not to mention older school buildings and church buildings. In situations involving children, however, schools must learn to be more on the lookout for asbestos finds, and counties must invest more in their educational budgets for asbestos discoveries and removals. As guardians and protectors of the most helpless of our society, it is not enough to educate them while placing their small lives at risk. Because of this asbestos discovery, a sister school was placed at risk – leading to the possibility that more children may become sick later in life as adults. We have to understand that a child’s destiny can change with the inhalation of one asbestos fiber. With that said, however, it is understandable that we simply can’t find all of the asbestos all the time, and that new asbestos can grow in schools each year in hard-to-reach or abandoned places. According to officials, the schools will have to have air and water quality checks before students and officials are able to return to classes as usual. Even after this incident seems to go over, continued air and water checks will become standard for these schools. There is one good thing that came out of all of this, however: the asbestos was found and eliminated. I hope that these schools perform rigorous checks for asbestos in the days to come. Any asbestos that can be found and eliminated is a victory for the children and long life.


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Dow Chemical Charged for Asbestos Exposure

Sidney Mabile has contracted mesothelioma. And the Louisiana branch of Dow Chemical Company is to blame. Just last week, a judge ruled in favor of Sidney Mabile against Dow Chemical for the plaintiffs allegations that Dow Chemical Company used asbestos chemicals throughout all of its plants worldwide, even after it conducted a study to find a way to eliminate the asbestos chemicals. According to reports, Dow’s own personal study discovered that the company would owe $1.2 billion for the removal of its asbestos chemicals, after which Dow decided to continue using them because of the expensive bill. The lawsuit not only alleges that Dow had second thoughts about the use of asbestos-related chemicals, but also that there were hundreds of others who were also affected and suffer today from mesothelioma cancer. Charged for Unregulate Asbestos Exposure This is nothing new with corporations, who tend to put their budget before the people that work for them. A corporation may have a great name in the world, but a corporation will still come to nothing without the aid of workers who submit themselves in order to receive financial provision and to protect their livelihoods. Corporations, however, hire these individuals and do not pay them what their worth. On top of this, they expose them to mesothelioma and other diseases, and think nothing of it (in order to spare their own expenses). British Petroleum is in the hotseat in the Deepwater Horizon Disaster trial because it committed the same mistake. Had it decided to go ahead and remove the faulty products while paying tons of money, it is likely that the Gulf Coast oil spill would have been nothing more than a bad dream. They made a costly mistake that is now costing them more than they ever dreamed. For those who choose to neglect people because of profit, let this be a lesson: everyone in life must pay money, whether now or later. If you choose to pay money later, know that you will hurt far worse than if you would just pay money up front to remove these kinds of chemicals from your facilities. The sad thing in all of this is that Sidney Mabile could have led a better quality of life if Dow Chemical had stepped up and done the right thing. Despite the $5.95 million she won for her suffering and pain, she doesn’t get a second chance at perfect health.


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Construction Supervisor Given Six Months for Asbestos

Douglas Greiner, a construction supervisor from Boise, Idaho, was given six months of home confinement for his role in failing to supervise asbestos removal at a construction site. According to sources, Greiner was responsible for the removal of asbestos from a town called Orofino, and did not dispose of an asbestos-laden pipe as he should have. Along the way to move the pipe to another site, soil at some sixteen different sites was contaminated with asbestos from the asbestos-laden pipe – subjecting others to an asbestos risk and scare. There is a twist in the story, however: Greiner did not give bad instructions, nor did he lead those over whom he was in charge to do something illegal; instead, he was sentenced in court “to ensure that there will not be any leniency when it comes to the safe disposal of toxic and hazardous materials.” Asbestos is a carcinogen, a cancer-causing agent, and consists of small fibers that make their way into someone’s lung by way of the general air flow, or through inhalation of fibers. Once inhaled, these fibers lodge themselves in the throat and travel to the lungs – where they can breed lung cancer some 30 to 40 years down the line. Thus, it is no small thing to fail to supervise asbestos removal. The fact that some 16 other sites were contaminated with asbestos is even more troubling. One of the rules of asbestos removal is to make sure that the risk of exposure to asbestos is minimal. By failing to supervise, Greiner neglected to alert those who removed the asbestos to eliminate the amount of exposure that other citizens could have to the fibers – knowing that the pipe was “laden” with asbestos. If someone has a blood disease of some kind, would you not educate that person to watch out for others and make sure that they don’t cut themselves and pass their blood on to others? If a person has mononucleosis (mono for short), would the doctor not tell the individual and those whom the individual is around most to have his or her own individual cups, plates, spoons, and forks – and to see to it that no utensils or cups are shared between them? These are things that you would expect someone to tell sick individuals and those they are around most of the time, in order to prevent further sickness and tragedy. Asbestos Removal Failure to supervise led to the asbestos fibers floating in the air, meaning that others could inhale them and suffer from mesothelioma many years down the road – all because Greiner failed to instruct in the area where it mattered most. That is why the EPA is cracking down on these cases: to send a message that, should one person get mesothelioma, we have all failed to do our jobs – including the EPA.


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Necitumumab Drug Increases Cancer Survival

Necitumumab, a lung cancer drug for patients with squamous cell carcinoma, has been found in a new study to help advanced-stage cancer patients outlive sole-chemotherapy patients. The study included 1,093 patients who had non-small cell lung cancer and were experiencing the spread of cancer to other cells. One of the problems left with the drug is whether or not it has any side effects. Usually, when a new drug proves successful in initial clinical trials, testing for side effects is the next step. This is because the FDA wants to be able to warn patients who consume the drug in the future as to what to expect if there are any side effects – even if those side effects are mild and only present something like a rash or allergic reaction. Whenever someone is diagnosed with cancer, he or she is told to prepare for chemotherapy and radiation. What many do not know about these treatments is that they are not as effective in cancer treatment as doctors would have many patients believe. While these treatments may help to kill cancer cells, they are not capable of stopping the remaining cancer cells from growing. If a patient has some cancer cells die but still has others remaining (or experiences an inoperable tumor), the cancer will most likely continue to spread. Medicines such as this will help target the areas that need to be attacked, and could save many lives. We will keep you updated on this medication as it advances through clinical trials.


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MARF Management and Fundraising Spending Slashed

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Increases Program Expenditures to 86% of Budget The audit of the 2013 financials revealed that the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) increased its program expenditures to 86% of its budget, which is over 11 points higher than other highly rated charities. Alexandria, VA – June 30 – The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) announced that an audit of its 2013 financial statements confirmed an increase of program expenditures to 86% of its budget. Consequently, the amount spent on management and fundraising has decreased to 5% and 9%, respectively. “We are very proud of this result. When compared to other excellent charities, we spend at least 11% more than they do on programs,” said the chief executive officer of the Meso Foundation, Melinda Kotzian. “Most importantly, this number shows our donors our dedication to the development of life-saving treatments and services for our mesothelioma-affected community.” The complete set of audited 2013 financials will be available on the Meso Foundation’s website in the “About Us” section, under “990 Forms and Audits”. The Meso Foundation is the only mesothelioma-related charity to hold a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, and is the only mesothelioma charity accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. Medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. An estimated one-third of those who develop mesothelioma were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards. About the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund peer-reviewed mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer reviewed scientific research to establish effective treatments for mesothelioma and, ultimately, a cure for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $8.7 million to research. More information is available at http://www.curemeso.org. Contact Information Maja Belamaric Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation http://www.curemeso.org/site/c.duIWJfNQKiL8G/b.8598593/k.D685/Homepage.htm +1 7038793822

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Waste Management Company Owner Admits Asbestos Violations

A New Jersey solid waste management company owner agreed that he conspired to dump 8,100 tons of asbestos-containing debris at a farm in upstate New York, according to officials. According to government officials, 70-year-old Julius DeSimone pleaded guilty to transport and dump pulverized asbestos waste at a Frankfort farm containing wetlands. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, which was once widely used in all construction works. Its use was restricted in the 1980s as its hazards became fully known. Asbestos can be dangerous if it is disturbed or broken. Regular exposure to asbestos fibers often results in terminal diseases including cancer. Court papers say DeSimone covered his illicit dumping by falsifying a government permit. DeSimone had been arrested for his illegal actions in 2006. He may receive up to five years in federal prison.  




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