Nowadays, the idea of being exposed to asbestos strikes fear in the hearts of most. But just a couple of generations ago, people embraced asbestos-containing materials for their fire-and corrosion-resistant properties. Asbestos—a product obtained from a family of fibrous hydrated silicates—was used in fireproofing, electrical insulation, and various other building materials as well as safety apparel, brake pads, and countless other products. When was it discovered to be a serious health hazard? More… Discuss
In this short scene from our feature documentary, LIBBY, MONTANA, three former WR Grace employees talk about what it was like to work for the company in Libby. Les Skramstad worked in the mill only two years, but died of mesothelioma in 2007. Bob Wilkins was the local union rep for mine workers. He died of asbestos related disease in 2002. Dru Carr and I shot the interviews with Les and Bob in 2000. Earl Lovick was the plant manager for many years. His commentary here is from a videotaped deposition recorded during a civil case against WR Grace in the 1990s. Lovick died in 1996. For more information about the film, trailers, audio downloads, external links, reviews, blogs and more please visit the two official web pages for the movie: http://www.highplainsfilms.org/fp_lib…http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2007/libbym…
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When I talk of eyes, the stars come out! Whose eyes are they? If they are angels’ eyes, why do they look down here and see good men hurt, and only wink and sparkle all the night?
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss
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What you can’t see can be deadly: virtually invisible, yet absolutely lethal asbestos fibers lead to environmental and occupational diseases that claim the lives of 30 Americans every day.
The time is now for the Senate to draft and pass meaningful legislation to overhaul the outdated and ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 and protect children from asbestos and dangerous toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A, an endocrine-disrupting chemical in some plastics and food can linings, and flame retardants infused into car seats, nap pads and other kid goods.
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Tagged Asbestos, Bisphenol A, Endocrine disruptor, Environment, environmental working group, meaningful legislation, science, Senate, toxic substances control, toxic substances control act, Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, United States, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Published on Jan 27, 2013
The original version of the Kent Micronite cigarette filter used crocidolite, a form of asbestos, from 1952 until at least mid-1956. Kent’s manufacturer, P. Lorillard Company, boasted that the filter was made of the same “pure,” “safe,” “dust-free” substance used to clean air in atomic energy plants and hospital operating rooms, and offered smokers “the greatest health protection ever” in a cigarette. The new brand was introduced with great fanfare in 1952. “The filtering material — a top wartime secret — represented the greatest scientific advance ever made in cleansing air of impurities,” stated one of the advertisements, prepared by Young & Rubicam. The trade magazine Advertising Age awarded Lorillard its “hard sell” award for the campaign. Other advertisements, including a series placed in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine, stressed the “health protection” Kents gave. Lorillard set up Kent displays at medical conventions and sent cartons of Kents to thousands of doctors and dentists. Some ads suggested that the A.M.A. had endorsed the Micronite filter, a claim the medical group promptly labeled “a most reprehensible instance of hucksterism.” Dr. Harold Knudson was the former vice president and research director of Hollingsworth & Vose. He designed the Micronite filter for Kent cigarettes. This is compiled from two videos from the University of California, San Francisco Tobacco Control Archives Multimedia Collection (http://archive.org/details/tobaccoarc… ). This collection contains audiotapes and videotapes related to the advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and scientific research of tobacco products as well as materials gathered and produced by tobacco control advocates. For current information, contact ADAO – Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization – an independent organization founded by Linda Reinstein and Doug Larkin in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO is an independent global organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy and community. ADAO’s mission includes supporting global advocacy and advancing asbestos awareness, prevention, early detection, treatment, and resources for asbestos-related disease. For more information visit http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.
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“Rebranding asbestos as “chrysotile” is duplicitous. Nothing will absolve Canada from complicity in deaths across the world. The production and sale of Asbestos must be banned and a fair and just transition for workers”
Canadian asbestos - for you but not for us (Peace, Earth and Justice News)
- Officials Ponder Action on Cancer-Causing Erionite_FairWarning (click on picture to continue reading the article)
Mesothelioma, an exceedingly rare and lethal form of cancer, was once thought to be caused only by inhaling asbestos fibers.
Then in the late 1970s, when astonishing rates of the disease were reported among villagers in central Turkey, it turned out that a different fibrous mineral was the culprit. Erionite was abundant in native soil and stone, and so easy to work with that villagers had used it to build homes.
In the most devastated communities, known locally as “cancer villages,” mesothelioma rates were off the charts — responsible for 40 percent to 50 percent of all deaths. Animal studies showed erionite to be 100 to 800 times more carcinogenic than asbestos and, according to a scientific paper, “almost certainly the most toxic naturally occurring fibrous mineral known.”
Libby_Montana New Danger Found In Asbestos-Plagued Town_via_HUFFPOST (click on picture to read the story)
LIBBY, Mont. — For a decade, the people of Libby have longed for the day when they will be rid of the asbestos that turned their town into the deadliest Superfund site in America.
Now they are being forced to live through the agony all over again, thanks to two giant piles of bark and wood chips on the edge of town.
An Associated Press investigation found that the federal government has known for at least three years that the wood piles were contaminated with an unknown level of asbestos, even as Libby residents hauled truckload after truckload of the material away from the site and placed it in yards, in city parks, outside schools and at the local cemetery. The Environmental Protection Agency did not stop the removal of the material until the AP began investigating in early March.
Regulators still do not know what effect the material could have on public health, but EPA documents obtained by the AP showed that the agency found potentially deadly asbestos fibers in four of 20 samples taken from the piles of scrap wood in 2007. The sprawling piles came from a now-defunct timber mill that took thousands of trees from a forest tainted with asbestos from a nearby mine.
Democracy Now_asbestos_Libby-Montana (click on the picture to watch the video and read the story)
Montana: Regulators Knew Contaminated Bark Was Being Sold in Asbestos-Tainted Town
In Montana, the Associated Press has revealed federal regulators knew potentially contaminated bark and wood chips were being sold from a Superfund site in the asbestos-tainted town of Libby, Montana, for three years before they stopped the practice. The contaminated wood chips were placed in yards, city parks, outside schools and at the local cemetery. Asbestos from a W.R. Grace mine in Libby has killed an estimated 400 people and sickened at least 1,750 people.
“Nobody told us it was deadly”: It is the comment made again and again by former employees and townsfolk, but Grace Company officials knew the deadly dead of asbestos on the human body, actually for thousand of years it has been known how debilitated the miners of asbestos were becoming, after exposure to the minerals containing asbestiform varieties of asbestos rock. Continue reading
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Tagged Andrew Schneider, Asbestos, Disease, Environmental Protection Agency, Libby Montana, Lung, The Seattle Intelliger Newspaper, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Vermiculite, Zonolite