Harmful Chemical Exposure

Toxic Exposures Threaten Superfund Sites

Toxic Exposures Threaten Superfund Sites In 1980, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted in response to a growing numbers of hazardous waste sites that were releasing toxic chemicals and polluting the environment. The program known as Superfund was designed to clean up these hazardous sites by having the responsible parties […]

No Such Thing as “Safer” Types of Asbestos

No Such Thing as “Safer” Types of Asbestos There are six different types of asbestos that occur naturally throughout the world, each having characteristics that make it useful in certain compounds. Some argue that some of these types are “safer,” than others to work with and handle, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration states […]

Doctrine of Strict Liability

In 1965, the American Law Institute published the second edition of Restatement of the Law of Torts and set into motion a special rule on strict liability, which states in Section 402A “One who sells any product in a defective condition unreasonably dangerous to the user or consumer or to his property is subject to liability to […]

Asbestos Exposure Victims – the Bystander Effect

Asbestos Exposure Victims – the Bystander Effect With many of the asbestos manufacturers having gone bankrupt, many cases today rarely involve victims who were heavily exposed to asbestos (i.e., working with the product directly). Instead, studies have found that victims of asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis are a result of bystander […]

High Levels of Benzene Found in E-CigarettesHigh Levels of Benzene Found in E-Cigarettes

High Levels of Benzene Found in E-Cigarettes An electronic cigarette or more commonly known as an “e-cigarette” is a device that vaporizes a flavored liquid typically made up of nicotine, glycerine, and propylene glycol. The fluid inside this pen-looking device is heated, creating vapor. Vapor is inhaled rather than smoke and many use the term […]

More Lawsuits Regarding Talcum Powder Expected for 2017

More Lawsuits Regarding Talcum Powder Expected for 2017 Over the past year, hundreds have sued the health giant Johnson & Johnson claiming their talc/baby powder product, after decades of use, is tied to ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson has lost millions of dollars in these trials and 2017 may come to reveal that more lawsuits […]

New EPA Proposal Requires Gas Plants to Publicly Report Toxic Emissions

New EPA Proposal Requires Gas Plants to Publicly Report Toxic Emissions The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a proposal concerning the documentation of toxic chemicals produced by natural gas drilling. Until now, natural gas processing plants did not need to publicly report toxic chemicals that are released into the environment, leaving nearby communities unaware of […]

Asbestos Exposure – Can We Really Control It?

Asbestos Exposure – Can We Really Control It? Asbestos is typically thought of as a substance that is no longer in use anymore because it is a well-known carcinogen. Asbestos is fire resistant, strong, cheap, abundant, and absorbs sound. It is no wonder it rose to popularity throughout the 20th century since it was so versatile. […]

Revisions to PA Act 13 Is A Victory For Environmentalists

Revisions to PA Act 13 Is A Victory For Environmentalists Environmentalists are pleased to announce that a number of provisions to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law have been struck down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Many of the issues environmentalists have been fighting for over the past four years are because of a piece of […]

What to Know About Benzene Exposure at the WorkplaceWhat to Know About Benzene Exposure at the Workplace

What to Know About Benzene Exposure at the Workplace What Is Benzene? Benzene, also known as benzol, is a colorless flammable liquid created as a by-product during the coal manufacturing process. It can be detected by a sweet odor, but should never be inhaled deliberately. Benzene is commonly used as a motor fuel or as […]

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