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Indiana Town Receives Grant to Remove Asbestos

The Town of Fowler, located in Indiana, has been awarded a $25,000 grant to remove asbestos from the currently closed Fowler Elementary School. The school has been closed since 2006 when its students and the students from a different nearby elementary were consolidated into one new elementary school. The future of the school is still […]

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CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit Recalled

Following a meeting of representatives from CBS, Planet Toys, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), and Public Justice, the CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit was recalled due to concerns of asbestos contamination. The meeting occurred to discuss discrepancies between the testing conducted by the ADAO and Planet Toys. In the end, they decided to pull all […]

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Winona State University Fined for Violations

Winona State University, located in Minnesota, is facing seven different fines for violations all relating to asbestos. State OSHA officials say the fines could total $24,500 but the school is planning on contesting the violations. The fines are all tied to violations related to the removal of asbestos from dormitories and other locations across campus […]

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Minnesota Department of Health Studies Mesothelioma in Mine Workers

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed a new analysis of available information about 58 mine workers who have previously been diagnosed with mesothelioma. The analysis showed great variation in the length of time the workers were employed in the industry, that they worked at locations all across Minnesota’s Iron Range, and that they […]

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EPA Steps Up Enforcement of Asbestos Recordkeeping

The Environmental Protection Agency has stepped up its enforcement of asbestos recordkeeping. In Maryland, the number of citations for violations has exploded. While the agency was averaging less than one citation a year from 2001 through September 2006, they have given out 16 citations since September 2006. While the number of citations has gone up […]

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Testing Asbestos in Schools “Costly”

An interpretation of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for asbestos testing in school could be extremely costly for schools in Maryland and surrounding areas. In 2006, the EPA told Maryland schools that they could not rely on manufacturers’ information sheets to determine if various parts of schools have asbestos in them. The Asbestos Hazard […]

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Mining Company Joins U of Minnesota’s Study

Ohio-based mining company Cleveland-Cliffs, inc. has decided to join a University of Minnesota $5.5 million study of mesothelioma in miners and stop their own study. The partnership for Minnesota’s study now includes a mining company, unions, taconite companies, and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The study will include lake-bottom samples, air quality […]

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Mesothelioma Cases Reported in Minnesota Mines

The Minnesota Department of Health released more information concerning 58 cases of mesothelioma that occurred in their state. The health agency said that they now know that a quarter of the workers were employed in mines for less than a year. Also there was over a quarter of the workers that worked in the mine […]

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Landmark Mesothelioma Case in Korea

A court in a landmark ruling Tuesday ordered a company to pay compensation to the family of a worker who died from the aftereffects of exposure to asbestos. The ruling, Korea’s first to recognize the danger of asbestos and hold an employer liable, paving the way for similar suits. The Daegu district court ordered an […]

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Minnesota Health Report on Sick Miners

The Houston Chronicle recently reported that 58 taconite miners who got a rare lung cancer worked in mines across Minnesota’s Iron Range. According to the report, at least one worker worked in the mines as little as a month but others worked in the mines for decades. The taconite industry mines low-grade iron ore from […]

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