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Misconceptions about Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is lung cancer One of the most common areas of the body where mesothelioma develops is the lung, and because of this, many misunderstand mesothelioma to be a type of lung cancer. In actuality, mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium – found in the lining of the heart, lungs, abdomen, or internal reproductive organs. […]

Asbestos Exposure Among Navy, Air Force, and Army Veterans

From naval ships, to aircraft carriers, to army barracks, asbestos use remained the popular building material for nearly 50 years in the military, which resulted in asbestos exposure among thousands upon thousands of military personnel. Its widespread use in this industry, coupled with the long latency period between initial asbestos exposure and illness, has resulted […]

Asbestos Imports Double in 2016; EPA Moves Forward with Potential Ban

In 2002, that last asbestos mine in the United States closed and since then all asbestos in the country today has had to be imported. Contrary to popular belief, asbestos  is not banned in the U.S., but is heavily regulated. Shipments must be carefully moved so not disturb the fibers, and since raw asbestos must […]

Naturally Occurring Asbestos, A Non-Occupational Threat

While mesothelioma is largely an occupational disease, some cases can be attributed to exposure from the environment – after all, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Asbestos can be found naturally throughout the United States, but some parts of the country contain more of these tiny carcinogenic fibers than others. While in the East, asbestos […]

The Almono Property

Once a key part in Pittsburgh’s role as the nation’s iron and steel-making capital, the property of LTV Steel, formerly known as J&L Steel in Hazelwood, may now have the chance to be a part of a new endeavor – the location of Amazon’s second headquarters. Now known as the Almono, a name that pays […]

Asbestos Exposure After A Natural Disaster

Asbestos was a popular building material with widespread use throughout much the of mid-20th century. It found its way into millions of homes and by 1980, floor tiles, pipe insulation, block insulation, roofing, ceiling tile, taping compounds, cement, and plasters all contained the deadly carcinogen. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that up to […]

Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2017

Mesothelioma Awareness Day, which takes place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, aims to educate and inform society about the deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure, and how funding is a critical component in mesothelioma research. Mesothelioma Awareness Day was established in 2004 by the Meso Foundation and eventually became National Mesothelioma Awareness Day as proclaimed […]

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 pay for the clean-up of […]

New School Year, Same Threat of Asbestos

Decades after asbestos production became illegal and importation regulated, many school districts around the country are still dealing with this popular building material that is a world-wide health hazard. This is mainly because many schools built before 1980 contain asbestos; it was cheap, easy to install, fire resistant, and acted as an insulator. As time […]

Asbestos in Pittsburgh Steel Mills

A city once known for producing mass quantities of iron, brass, tin, glass and of course, steel, Pittsburgh has a rich history that makes its residents proud, loyal, and dedicated.  By 1911, Pittsburgh was producing most of the nation’s steel and for decades, companies like J& L Steel, and Homestead Steel Works catapulted the small […]

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