asbestos News

3 Former Execs Ordered to Pay $1.8M in California Asbestos Case

Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air …

California District Sees 152 Students Leave after Asbestos Problems

Records show an Orange County school district in California that closed three campuses because of asbestos problems has lost 152 students in the first half of the school year – and the loss could impact its funding. The Orange County …

More Time For Asbestos Suits OK’d by Illinois House

The Illinois House has approved a bill allowing more time to file a lawsuit over asbestos-related disease. The initiative was adopted 70-43 Tuesday and moves to the Senate. Rep. Elaine Nekritz is a Northbrook Democrat. Her bill would remove a …

Montana Governor Pushes EPA to Wrap Up Libby Asbestos Study

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is pressing federal regulators to wrap up a long-delayed study of asbestos dangers in a northwestern Montana mining town where hundreds of people have died from exposure to the hazardous material. A draft toxicology study says …

UPenn’s Interdisciplinary Research Seeks to Track Ambler’s Asbestos Legacy

Joe Amento, a lifelong resident of Ambler, Pennsylvania, was 53 when he died of a rare cancer with one main cause — exposure to asbestos. He was fine at Christmas 2002. In January, a pain in his side kept him …

Eleven Southern California Schools to Undergo Asbestos Testing

An Orange County school district will test every room in its 11 schools for asbestos after questions were raised about whether students were exposed to carcinogenic dust during construction projects earlier this school year. The Orange County Register reported two …

Insurers Suspect Fraud, Sue Phillips Asbestos Trust

Six insurance companies are suing an asbestos personal injury trust set up by a U.S. unit of Philips that the insurers suspect has been making millions of dollars in fraudulent payments to parties that cannot prove they were harmed by …

AG Comes Down On Washington Business For Asbestos Training

Two Tacoma business owners entered guilty pleas on Friday in Pierce County Superior Court after Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson leveled multiple charges against them for allegedly selling substandard asbestos worker training courses and certifications. The business is Environmental Management Training …

Heavy Asbestos Fines for Hanford Contractors in Washington

Two contractors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington will pay more than $175,000 in fines after an investigation found alleged asbestos violations. The Environmental Protection Agency says CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. will pay $131,594 and Washington Closure Hanford …

Wisconsin Governor Signs Controversial Asbestos Lawsuit Bill

Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed into law a bill that critics say would delay and deny justice to those who seek damages in court after falling ill from exposure to asbestos. The asbestos bill, which was introduced last year and …