asbestos hazard News

  • Mesothelioma and the hazards of asbestos exposure

    As a result of the recently declared Public Health Emergency in Libby, Montana on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, asbestos awareness has been on the rise. Considering the presence of asbestos-containing materials in older homes and buildings, and the fact that asbestos is not banned in the United States, public health officials advise citizens to educate themselves on the risks of ...


  • Beware of asbestos hazards in popcorn ceilings

    Popcorn ceilings, also referred to as acoustic ceilings, are found in many homes across the country. From the late 1950s all the way until the early 1980s the ceiling style was popular. Today many property owners have been removing the outdated ceilings and replacing them with flat or textured ceilings to update the look and feel of the property.Not only is the process of removing popcorn ...


  • Asbestos hazards prompt EPA to halt demolition work

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued two orders to Rock Springs Enterprises Inc. to cease demolition work at the site of a former pottery-manufacturing facility in Chester, Hancock County, W. Va. because of potential health hazards from asbestos and damage to a previously-constructed soil cap at the site. The former owners of the site, Newell Holdings Delaware, Inc., installed an ...

  • Mesothelioma risk: shipyards present asbestos exposure hazards

    Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer primarily caused by asbestos exposure. Thousands of shipyard employees have either passed away or have been diagnosed with the disease and more are expected as the incidence of mesothelioma is not predicted to peak until 2020. Asbestos was heavily utilized throughout the shipyard industry for its insulating and fireproofing capabilities. Because of these ...

  • Mesothelioma risk and asbestos hazards prompt testing in Washington

    Due to the recent public health emergency declared in Libby, Montana, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun testing residential yards near a former W.R. Grace & Company insulation factory in Spokane, Washington. EPA work crews are testing for the presence of asbestos, a toxic mineral associated with the development of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Vermiculite Northwest, which ...


  • Illinois Residents Warned of Asbestos Hazards in Popcorn Ceilings

    Removing popcorn ceilings is a common home improvement project for many Illinois residents.  This surfacing technique, used in many residential properties, is no longer in style and can even lower property values.    Many homes and apartments that were built between the 1960s and 1980s used popcorn ceilings as a standard method of texturing ceilings.  Today, many property ...


    By EC2 Inc.

  • Floridians Warned of Asbestos Hazards in Popcorn Ceilings

    Hundreds of thousands of homes, apartments and condominiums were built across Florida from the 1960s through the 1980s.  During this same time frame, a favorite ceiling texturing technique used by many builders is the now outdated look of popcorn ceilings.   Many of these older homes have been remodeled over the years and one of the favorite projects for homeowners to tackle is removing ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Chicago roofers exposed to dangerous asbestos hazards

    Employer names: Continental Contractors, Niles, Illinois and Local Roofing Inc., Gurnee, Illinois Citations received: Oct. 16, 2015 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ...

  • Hazardous Waste Transporter Pleads Guilty in Asbestos Case

    The owner and operator of a Maryland hazardous waste transporter pleaded guilty to knowingly making false statements in connection with the improper disposal of waste materials that contained asbestos.  Terrance Yates, owner and operator of Hazport Solutions Inc. pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined ...

  • Long After Structural Fires, Asbestos Hazards May Linger

    Earlier this month, the Belleville News-Democrat published a report about a vacant property in Belleville, Illinois. The vacant parcel of land, located in downtown Belleville, used to be the location of two buildings that housed several businesses. In 2010, a fire destroyed the properties and they were later torn down. A year later, the article reports that the Illinois ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Protecting New York’s Workers and Families from Secondhand Asbestos Hazards

    Throughout New York and the tri-state area there are still countless residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional properties with asbestos-containing materials. There are also a number of industries where workers may come into contact with asbestos during their daily activities. Due to the unique properties found in asbestos, these minerals were used for decades in thousands ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Rebuilding after Hurricane Irene Reveals Asbestos and Lead Hazards

    Current damage estimates from Hurricane Irene range from $7 to $10 billion.  Countless homes and businesses have been damaged by wind, rain, tidal surges and flooding.  In some areas the power has still not been restored making the cleanup efforts that much more challenging. As property owners and remediation professionals begin removing damaged and soaked building materials and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Property Owner in Allegheny Co. to Clean up Asbestos Hazards

    In a settlement reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Legacy Landings, LLC, owner of a property in Gibsonia, Allegheny County, Pa., will take steps to protect the nearby public from asbestos hazards at the site. Legacy Landings has agreed to properly clean up and dispose of asbestos-containing material released from abandoned greenhouses and other buildings on property formerly ...

  • Leading Environmental Experts Warn of Asbestos and Microbial Hazards following Hurricane Sandy

    Two weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy left a path of destruction across many parts of the East Coast.  In addition to numerous deaths caused by the historic storm, countless homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.   Some estimates have put the cost of the property damage caused by Hurricane Sandy at close to $20 billion. Many of the damaged properties are beginning the process of ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Building Experts Warn Residents of Puerto Rico to be Aware of Asbestos Hazards

    Up until the late 1970s, many different types of building products and materials commonly used in residential and commercial buildings contained asbestos.  Today, many of these properties still contain these materials that could be causing a health threat to any building occupants.   As these materials age or become disturbed, asbestos fibers can be released into the air. Exposure to ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Workers exposed to asbestos hazards at A.M. Castle & Co. in Franklin Park

    Employer name: A.M. Castle & Co. Investigation site: 3400 N. Wolf Road, Franklin Park, IL, 60131 Date investigation initiated and what prompted ...

  • National Asbestos Awareness Week Reminds the Public of Potential Hazards

    Federal lawmakers designated the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week.  The purpose of the designation is to increase awareness with the general public of the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos fibers.   Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. According to ...

  • Hurricane Sandy Victims Reminded of Asbestos Hazards during Reconstruction

    Many areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy are beginning to rebuild and repair the countless homes and properties damaged by the historic storm.  As cleanout and construction activities continue, residents across the Mid-Atlantic are being reminded that many older properties may contain asbestos which could be released into the air.   Most products made today do not contain asbestos. ...

  • Texas Asbestos Consultants Help to Ensure Buildings are Safe from Airborne Hazards

    According to some reports, asbestos was used in over 3,000 materials by the 1970s.  Many of these materials were used to construct homes, schools and commercial buildings.  In fact, asbestos was used in everything from roofing and siding to insulation, flooring and textured paints and painting compounds.    Asbestos is a mineral ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Are carbon nanotubes the `new asbestos`?

    The demand for carbon nanotubes is increasing because they have unusual properties, such as unique electrical properties. However, their needle-like shape is similar to asbestos, raising questions about their safety. A recent study conducted on mice indicates that a specific type of carbon nanotube does have asbestos-like effects, but further research is needed to assess whether this is also the ...

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