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Asbestos and mesothelioma: A brief history

Millions of Americans across the U.S. have suffered exposure to the asbestos fibers that cause the fatal conditions mesothelioma, lung cancer, other cancers, and asbestosis. In addition, workers who came home from the shipyards, construction sites, and factories with the dust on their clothes, skin, and hair also exposed their spouses and children -- many who have now been diagnosed with asbestos-related disease, themselves.

Asbestos Riddles Government Buildings in Austin

The City of Austin is reviewing their policies on asbestos after finding "numerous failures and deficiencies that may have led to exposures" at four government departments within the past two years (Barer, 2018). Recent reviews found that the City's plan specifically lacked people to manage the asbestos and the knowledge of how to test, remove, and handle asbestos.

Town Has High Hopes for Redevelopment After Asbestos Removal

The small town of Vienna, WV is one step closer to completing the cleanup of an abandoned Johns Manville plant. The former fiberglass production facility sits on 33 acres of land and has been an eyesore for the local residents since it was shut down in 2008. This has been an ongoing project that started in 2014 when the Vienna City Council approved an ordinance allowing the City to purchase the property from the previous owner, a development firm. Vienna's mayor and a city council member had the opportunity to walk through the property with a remediation specialist. It was clear that the previous owners had improperly demolished structures, leaving piles of asbestos-contaminated debris behind. The debris has been successfully removed, but there are still structures on the site that will eventually be removed, including a smokestack, an office building, and a small warehouse. Residents would eventually like to repurpose a large portion of the area for residential use.

3 Reasons to Ban Asbestos Today

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has been dedicated to spreading asbestos awareness for over a decade. As we continue spreading asbestos awareness with them during Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2016, we can think of countless reasons to ban asbestos completely, all over the world.

Timeline of Asbestos Use

It might come as a surprise to learn that asbestos has been used all over the world for centuries. With uses dating back at least 4,500 years, the insulating and heat resistant properties of asbestos have been a valuable (and deadly) asset to many different cultures and societies. Evidence shows that early inhabitants in Finland used asbestos to strengthen their pots and cooking utensils.

"Last Call" for Libby Residents

In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their final plans to clean up the asbestos within Libby, Montana. Libby is considered an Asbestos Superfund site by the EPA, meaning it is some of the nation's most contaminated land. Asbestos poses a threat to residents living in Libby.

Asbestos Still Poses Danger Across the United States

Even though asbestos use in the United States was largely phased out in the late 1970's, individuals all over the country are still feeling the effects of exposure today. Exposure to asbestos can lead to serious diseases and cancers, including asbestosis and mesothelioma.