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January 2014 Archives

Is that asbestos fiber on your clothes?

Asbestos is a well-known hazard. It has been banned by the U.S. EPA for most industrial uses in the U.S. since 1989. Nevertheless, it is present throughout the human environment, in buildings, on roofs, in insulation, gaskets and a myriad of other uses. And until recently, those uses were seen...

Project stalled for 8 years by asbestos

Asbestos does more than just kill people. It makes land difficult to sell and it makes homes and buildings difficult to renovate or demolish to enable new construction or development. The mere presence of some small quantities of asbestos can derail a project or stop it outright. For those who...

Asbestos Use Around the World

Many individuals are shocked to hear that asbestos is not fully banned in America. In fact, products made in the United States are allowed to be comprised of less that 1% asbestos before they are considered an asbestos-containing product. It might be even more shocking for some to hear about...

"Just lucky, I guess"

There is always a haunting air of inevitability in many of the stories involving asbestos. Whether shipyard workers in California, or residents of a village that was home to a large asbestos processing plant in Great Britain, those who have contracted an asbestos-related illness, like asbestos or mesothelioma, speak of...

Partner Post: Fracking Sites Linked to Health Concerns

Study Finds Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals in Water Near Fracking Sites Written by James P. Nevin Recently, the Endocrinology journal performed a study of the water near hydraulic fracturing site in Colorado, finding substances linked to a number of health concerns. In Colorado, water samples from sites where hydraulic fracturing was used...

Asbestos is Everywhere: Public Spaces

You rarely hear about asbestos today, but did you know that it is all around us? Asbestos can be found in residential and commercial buildings all over America. The mineral was thought to be affordable, readily-available, and perfectly safe to handle up until the 1970's, when the Environmental Protection Agency...

3 Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

Many of the mesothelioma victims that Brayton Purcell, LLP works with are exposed to asbestos while on the job. Asbestos, used in many commercial trades for decades, can be found on numerous jobsites. Pipefitters, refinery workers, and firefighters are all workers who are especially at risk for asbestos exposure at...

Partner Post: Medtronic Issues Recall for Defective Guidewires

Medtronic Orders Recall of Dangerous Defective Medical Devices Written by James P. Nevin The Food and Drug Administration has classified the recall of "some Medtronic devices used during heart procedures" as Class I, a category reserved for products with reasonable potential to cause serious injury or death. An estimated 15,000...