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  • Asbestos Contamination in Water Poses New Problems for Cleanup in Libby, MT

    Tests of the waterways surrounding Libby, Montana show extremely high levels of asbestos, complicating a cleanup that has already cost $370 million over the past decade, reports the Great Falls Tribune. W.R. Grace & Co. mined asbestos-tainted vermiculite near Libby to make residential insulation until 1990. Now the area is one of the largest superfund sites in the nation’s history. An ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Minneapolis Laboratory Earns New Asbestos Accreditation

    EMSL Analytical is proud to announce that our laboratory in Minneapolis, MN has been accredited by the Minnesota Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) to test for the presence of asbestos in drinking water. According to the ELAP, accredited laboratories have demonstrated the capability to analyze environmental samples using approved ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Containing Pipes have some Jamaican Residents Demanding Action

    Earlier this month,The Gleanerpublished a story about residents from St. Thomas Parish in Jamaica voicing concerns over old and leaking cement water pipes that contain asbestos and deliver water to their homes.   This type of pipe was once common, but its use was largely discontinued in North America in the 1980s.   While the presence of these types of pipes carrying water and ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Employees Exposed to Asbestos at Illinois Workplace

    A company in Kankakee, IL has been cited for five health violations concerning asbestos by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The violations were detected after receiving a complaint claiming hazards at the workplace. The total projected fine for the company is $59,400. One of the company’s major repeat violations was their failure to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Due to Asbestos Contamination, National Park Closes 30 Acres of Coastline

    The Republic reports that authorities have closed 30 acres of land on Horn Island, located in Mississippi, until further notice while asbestos contamination is removed. The asbestos was detected on tiles at a former biological testing site utilized by the U.S. Army. Today, the park is a popular recreational destination that has been reserved for the protection of natural and historical ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos in Chinese Cars Recall Expands to Five More Countries

    According to Bloomberg News, China’s largest car exporter, Chery Automobile Co., is expanding their car recall in Australia to five more countries after detecting asbestos in some models. The company will be recalling a total of 18,875 cars in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Singapore and Uruguay–in addition to 23,000 cars already recalled in Australia. The recall was announced after ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Exposure Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke, Cardiovascular Disease

    As a health risk, asbestos is most commonly linked to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis, as well as a handful of other respiratory issues. However, a recent study published by Britain’s Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has also linked asbestos exposure to an increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease due to its inflammatory properties. The study included ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Contamination Necessitates $1.5 Million Demolition at University of Colorado

    After a health audit exposed high levels of asbestos in the College Inn building, which was used as an overflow dormitory to house students on the University of Colorado campus, the school has decided to demolish the building. The College Inn was constructed in 1964, when it was common practice to use construction materials containing asbestos. Because of its insulating and heat-resistant ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Mine Reopening in Canada Sparks Criticism from Thailand

    As reported in June, the Quebec government granted the Jeffery Mine in Quebec’s Eastern Townships $58 million to reopen. Once opened it will be the only remaining asbestos mine in the country.  This has sparked much controversy, including overwhelming opposition in Thailand one of the world’s largest consumers of asbestos. According to the Huffington Post, anti-asbestos advocates ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Cleanup from California Floods Expose Asbestos Dangers

    LA Testing provides environmental and air testing services to ensure remediation efforts across California do not cause additional indoor air quality (IAQ) problems. Last week historic rainfall and flooding caused havoc across much of California.  Five days of storms pounded many communities and caused widespread damage to countless homes and businesses.  The damage was so vast that ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Investigation at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

    According to NBC New York, state and federal inspectors have begun an asbestos investigation at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York, home to the NHL’s New York Islanders. The inspection began after nearly 140 workers at the venue filed claims reporting that coliseum managers failed to protect workers from long term asbestos exposure. The claims combined will ask ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Removal from Ottawa Federal Buildings Goes Undocumented

    According to a list recently compiled by the Public Works and Government Services Canada, the Canadian federal government owns 318 building that are known to contain asbestos. Yet despite this high number, the government has not been actively tracking projects to remove asbestos from these buildings. This list is not comprehensive and does not contain any buildings which are owned by departments ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Boston College and Construction Company Fined for Asbestos Violations

    Though they deny any wrongdoing, Boston’s Emerson College and Suffolk Construction, Inc. have each agreed to pay $250,000 to settle civil allegations stemming from an asbestos violation. According to the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, the college and construction company failed to properly test a building for asbestos before converting it into a dormitory for student living. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos Discovered in Cars Manufactured in China

    The Brisbrane Times reports that nearly 25,000 cars, manufactured in China and exported to Australia, are expected to be recalled after some of their parts were found to be contaminated with asbestos. The asbestos was detected in the car’s engines and exhaust gaskets. Ateco Automotive, the company that imported the affected vehicles, has reportedly known about the issue for months. They are ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Fire Debris May Spread Asbestos

    If a fire occurs in a building constructed between 1935 and 1970 near your home, you may want to avoid spending time outside in your yard and call an asbestos remediation professional immediately. The deadly asbestos fibers, which may have been released by the fire, can spread in the air and settle on nearby properties, putting you and your neighbors at risk. A recent incident in Scotland ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Freeing Europe safely from asbestos

    On 24 June 2015, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) will be hosting a joint conference "Freeing Europe safely from asbestos" to discuss the continuing widespread risk of asbestos exposure to Europe's citizens and the steps that need to be taken to reduce it over the coming years. This event will be a follow-up action to the ...

  • Asbestos Removal Taking Place Next to HealthCare Clinic Worries Patients

    Tulare Regional Medical Center, an asbestos abatement site located next to the Hillman HealthCare Clinic in Tulare, received an unannounced visit by a state inspector checking the progression of its asbestos removal. Although the inspector reported that the worksite is safe and secure, patients at the Hillman Clinic are still concerned due to the two buildings’ close proximity. Asbestos ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New Asbestos Requirements from WorkSafeBC

    WorkSafeBC has updated their  guidelines for qualified person’s safe work procedures for abatement of asbestos materials during house and building demolition and renovation. Inhalation of asbestos can be very harmful for workers. Asbestos fibers can travel into the body and attack soft tissue.  Exposure to asbestos can result in mesothelioma , lung cancer, and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Environmental Professionals at the Forefront in Rebuilding after Hurricane Irene

    Just a week after Hurricane Irene caused extensive damage to property and loss of life, initial estimates of the property damage range from $7 to $10 billion.  Homes, businesses and institutions all suffered heavy damage due to strong winds, rain, flooding and tidal surges.   People in many of these areas are now in the process of rebuilding and dealing with property insurance ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Calls for the US Government Accountability Office to Investigate the Two Ambler Superfund Sites in Pennsylvania

    The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines education, ...

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