asbestos News

Canada to Ban All Products Containing Asbestos by 2018

Canada is moving to ban all products containing asbestos by 2018. The comprehensive ban will include construction materials and brake pads that currently use the cancer-causing agent. Canada closed its last asbestos mines a decade ago, but had obstructed international …

Wyoming Refiner Pays $655K for Asbestos Cleanup

Sinclair Casper Refining Co. has paid $655,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency for cleaning up asbestos at an oil refinery in the town of Thermopolis, Wyo. The Casper Star-Tribune reported the agency determined there was significant contamination at the site …

California High Court Rules Firms Must Protect Households From Asbestos

The California Supreme Court says companies can be held liable for exposing members of a worker’s household to asbestos. The court ruled unanimously that companies have a responsibility to prevent such exposure when they can reasonably forsee that their employees …

Asbestos Losses Continue to Haunt P/C Insurers: A.M. Best

Net ultimate asbestos losses for the U.S. property/casualty industry have risen once again. They’re now at $100 billion, and that’s $15 billion higher than the previous estimate, according to a new A.M. Best report. A number of factors appear to …

Jury in California Awards $18M Cosmetic Talc Cancer Verdict

A Los Angeles, Calif. jury has returned a $18.07 million verdict against talc supplier Whittaker Clark & Daniels for its role in causing California political figure Philip Depoian’s mesothelioma. The jury verdict is the largest award on record for a …

Washington Employer Fined for Asbestos Violations

A Kirkland, Wash. asbestos removal contractor has been cited for several workplace health violations that reportedly put workers, contractors and homeowners at risk. The Department of Labor & Industries cited American Disaster Services Inc. a total of eight willful, serious …

Owner of Washington Asbestos Company Pleads Guilty to Bogus Certifications

The owner of a company that provided federally mandated training for construction firms that work with asbestos has pleaded guilty to giving certifications to people he knew had not taken his course. U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says Isaac Cole owned …

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Remove Asbestos from New York Factory

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to stop the potential spread of asbestos at the former Arkell and Smiths Sack Co. facility in Canajoharie, N.Y. Exposure to asbestos can lead to lung cancer and mesothelioma. “At the request …

Southern California School Reopens After 2-Year Asbestos Closure

The last of three Southern California schools closed two years ago after asbestos was found has reopened following a complete overhaul. The Orange County Register reported Lake View Elementary opened its doors Wednesday to more than 320 students as a fully …

EPA, Forest Service Seek Permanent Firefighters Near Montana Asbestos Site

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service want to station 10 firefighters near Libby this summer so crews are immediately available to fight any fire that night burn in or near a former vermiculite mine contaminated with asbestos, …