Articles Tagged with Massachuetts asbestos exposure

A recent news feature form Reuters looks at the relatively unknown reality that asbestos is not technically illegal in the U.S.  There was an attempt to ban asbestos in the late 1970s via a regulatory action by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but the muscle of these prohibitions were removed as the legislation was overturned by action of the U.S. Supreme Court by the early 1980s.

asbestosFor this reason, small amounts of asbestos are still being used in the U.S., and these small amounts may still be deadly to those exposed. As discussed in the news feature, the number of deaths and new mesothelioma cases has not gone down, as we would have hoped, despite a major reduction in the amount of asbestos being used. In fact, they have actually increased.   One thing to understand is that not all asbestos is the same – but all can be hazardous to your health.  Continue reading

A recent news feature from the Boston Globe discusses how the historic organ pipes at one Massachusetts area church are finally sounding once again after a long period of asbestos abatement and other renovations that finally rendered the church safe again for its congregants.

mjYAjJYThis church’s pipe organ was built around 1874 and contains 633 individual pipes that have not been heard since 2012, when the church doors were shuttered, until this past weekend’s pipe organ festival that commemorated the reopening of the historic church. Continue reading

A recent news feature from the Mass Media, which is an independent student run newspaper at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston), discusses how asbestos levels at the campus are to be monitored from now on after soil samples taken from the school tested positive for what are being called low levels of asbestos after testing was performed at the end of last year.

lungsOnce the soil samples tested positive for the presence of asbestos, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) was notified, and further monitoring was ordered by the agency.  The soil samples were taken when a large-scale construction project was underway and areas of the soil were newly exposed after existing structures had been demolished. Continue reading

According to a recent article in Wicked Local Medford, the long-standing and now closed arcade business building is finally being demolished to make room for new construction.

warning-icon-45-1023139-mThe old arcade building has been empty for quite some time, and there has been talk about tearing it down after the roof collapsed, but there were two major impediments to taking such action. The town officials were worried about contaminating workers and the general community. One of the chemicals discovered during an inspection and present in the building was asbestos. Continue reading

Mesothelioma is a very rare cancer that forms in a layer of tissue know as the mesothelium, hence the name mesothelioma. While most people associate mesothelioma with lung cancer, it is not technically lung cancer. It is an entirely different form of malignant cancer that often forms in the lungs, abdomen, or chest.

judgeWhile it is medically possible to develop malignant pleural mesothelioma (lungs), malignant pericardial mesothelioma (chest), or malignant peritoneal (abdomen) mesothelioma without ever having been exposed to toxic asbestos fibers, the chance of that happening is extremely remote. In reality, almost all cases of malignant mesothelioma are caused by exposure to deadly asbestos.  During the process of diagnosing a patient with malignant mesothelioma, the asbestos fibers will generally still be visible in the cancerous tissue, so the body has no ability to break them down, which is one of the major reasons they are so dangerous.   Continue reading

Before everyone had a television and long before the Internet was invented, a world’s fair was an exciting event where people got a glimpse of innovative new products and inventions and envisioned what the future might hold.

asbestoswallAs Arnold Koch describes in his recent article for Wicked Local Melrose, the 1939 World’s Fair in Queens, New York was considered by many to the be the best event of this type ever produced. Time Magazine ran a feature of the 1939 World’s Fair and proclaimed it the “greatest show of all times.”

The fair featured political breakthroughs on the horizon, such as a stimulus package designed to lift at troubled nation out of the Great Depression. This was a time when unemployment was about 17 percent. There were demonstrations of new technologies, such as television, which had just been invented. There were concepts of the futuristic city of tomorrow, an idea later championed by Walt Disney, and many other things people considered to be modern marvels of the day. During the fair’s run, around 30 million people would pay the 75 cents admission and witness the future. Continue reading

According to a recent news article from The Courier Post Online, a man was just sentenced to three years in prison for his alleged conduct during a recycling project where highly dangerous asbestos waste material was left all over the site of a former hospital campus.

hand-cuffs-12754-mProsecutors say the 57-year-old defendant used untrained and unlicensed day laborers, some of whom were inmates living at a halfway house, to conduct an asbestos abatement operation and did not even provide them with the correct equipment to do the job. They are alleged to have illegally buried asbestos-laden titles and dumped large contractor-size trash bags full of asbestos in the floor of the boiler room at one of the buildings in the old hospital campus. Continue reading