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Did taconite mining cause high rates of mesothelioma in miners?

Mining has always been a dangerous activity, whether underground or open-pit, workers are exposed to a large number of dangers, from cave-ins and collapses, to being crushed by heavy machinery or contracting black lung or other mining related respiratory disease. Asbestos, being a naturally occurring mineral, is sometimes associated with...

The Debate Over Asbestos Trust Concerns

When the Wall Street Journal worries about fraud, you know something is up. In a recent article, they are worried about fraud related to asbestos bankruptcy trusts, the trusts that were formed after the collapse of the businesses that profited for decades on the production of asbestos materials. The article...

Champion of Justice Award 2013: Al Brayton

The Public Justice Foundation (PJF) has recognized Mr. Al Brayton with Brayton Purcell, LLP as this year's winner of the Champion of Justice Award. As a national not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) charitable membership organization, the PJF supports Public Justice's litigation and educates the public about the critical issues it addresses. This...

School districts fined in Arizona for asbestos contamination

School buildings are often at the center of a community, carrying the hopes of each successive generation as it gains the education it needs to fully join that community. The buildings frequently serve multiple purposes and often grow and receive alterations over their decades of service. But, because they often...

Death by mesothelioma: "Nobody deserves this"

Many of the workers who have contracted asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma, were concentrated in industries like shipbuilding, pipefitting and electrical trades. There is sometimes an undercurrent in reporting or discussion of asbestos and mesothelioma that this is a problem from the past. Yes, during WWII and for the years afterward,...

EPA still studying asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mine cleanup

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, used in many industrial products, including heating and cooling insulation, on pipe and electrical systems, for roofing materials, flooring and as a component of brakes. Asbestos was mined directly and is sometimes found with other mineral mining, like vermiculite. In the United States, the...