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Fire Curtains: Making People Sick While Protecting Their Lives

Theaters can be dangerous places. One spark can create a fire that grows out of control very quickly, which happened at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago on December 30, 1903. It had only been open for a few weeks, but was cited multiple times for potential fire hazards. Some of the problems included an absence […]

Newly Bought Mingo Junction Mill to be Updated

JWS Steel, an Indian steel company, is renovating its newly purchased Mingo Junction steel mill in Ohio. It is restarting the electric arc furnace and is planning on setting up a second furnace at the location. It is making a $500 million investment for this to happen. JSW Steel is spending $250 million to restart […]

Elder Abuse Awareness Month

June was Elder Abuse Awareness Month. While most people think that elder abuse solely involves physically hurting an older adult, there are many ways in which an elder adult can be abused. Here are the different types of abuse someone over the age of 60 can face: Physical Abuse– Use of physical force that causes […]

Exposure to Asbestos at Power Stations

Creating electricity is a dangerous process. Fuel is burned to create heat, converting water in a boiler into high pressure steam, which then expands through nozzles in a steam turbine, causing it to rotate. The shaft on the turbine spins an electromagnet on an electric generator at high speeds, creating electricity. This entire process creates […]

Asbestos: Proof That Not All Natural Products are Safe

Not all natural substances are safe and healthy to be around. Some of them can be deadly carcinogens that cause horrible health problems in those exposed to them. One of these carcinogens is asbestos, a mineral found throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries. Asbestos is the umbrella term for six fibrous silicate materials. […]

The Dangers of Encountering Asbestos as a Firefighter

According to the International Association of Firefighters, cancer is the leading cause of death of firemen. This makes sense because they are exposed to countless carcinogenic chemicals on a regular basis, including asbestos. Asbestos is a problem because it is present in older homes, and when these homes catch on fire, firefighters expose themselves to […]

EPA Proposes New Rules For Asbestos; Anti-Asbestos Advocates Concerned

In June 2016, former President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act as an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and since then, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been moving forward in naming asbestos – as well as nine other chemicals – as toxic substances that […]

Home Construction and Asbestos

A large wave of people are tackling do it yourself (DIY) projects inside their homes and are encountering asbestos during this process. In the past, asbestos was used in many different products throughout the home, but now that asbestos is a known carcinogen, it is not in home products anymore. In older houses asbestos can […]

Asbestos Mining Caused Illness in Neighboring Towns

Since asbestos is a naturally occurring material, it is extracted from the earth through mining. When it was more widely used, multiple mines were open throughout the United States (U.S.) and Canada to harvest and prepare it for companies, but the known dangers have caused the mines to shut down. To mine asbestos, mining companies […]

Asbestos Use in the Navy During World War II

Asbestos – known as the “miracle mineral” because of its heat resistant properties and insulating abilities – was a popular building material throughout much of the 20th century. Asbestos use was particularly popular in shipyards and could be found in materials such as gaskets, valves, cements, adhesives, pumps, insulation, and lagging (coverings for floors and […]

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