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October 2014 Archives

The story remains the same

The similarities are unsettling. No matter where you go in the world, if there were industrial plants in place from turn of the previous century to the 1980s, the story seems to have been the same. A large plant is seen as a valuable employer. Men go to work at...

We may forget asbestos, but asbestos never forgets us

Much of the danger from asbestos results from our limited attention span. As with the ongoing situation we discussed last week, involving elementary schools in Huntington Beach. The schools had to be closed after it was found that renovations were being made that could disturb asbestos during the time children...

The new "bad reality" of the old asbestos

We all live with asbestos every day. Luckily, for most of us, the deadly fibers of the ubiquitous mineral are usually encapsulated within some material. Unluckily for a growing number of us, that material is aging. When this happens, either all of the material is removed and replaced or it...