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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: June 2014


The asbestos attorneys at the Simmons Firm are dedicated to providing the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news to keep you up to date. Below is a short list of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other news from across the world.

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: May 2014


The Firm mesothelioma lawyers are dedicated to ensuring you have the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news to keep you up to date. Below is a short list of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other news from across the globe.

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: April 2014


The asbestos attorneys at the Firm are dedicated to ensuring you have the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news headlines to keep you up to date. Below is a short list of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other news from throughout the country and the world.

  • Hazardous material discovered under Radford High School track
    During construction at Radford High School in Hawaii, crews discovered a dump site filled with metal objects. Three soil samples turned up positive for asbestos. Lead, arsenic, cadium, mercury and dioxin were also present. State officials said the U.S. Navy will be held responsible for the cleanup, since the school was built next to Makalapa Crate, a military landfill.
  • Hunting Point renters demand answers to asbestos contamination at their buildings
    The EPA issued a stop-work order during the renovations of a large apartment complex in Alexandra, VA earlier this month. Asbestos was found in the floors, doors and windows. Workers were not taking the legally required precautions. Residents of the apartment complex showed up to the town hall meeting, angry that it took officials three months to stop the renovations.
  • Monks’ secret: Asbestos lurking beneath Byzantine wall paintings
    When the Byzantine monks created their infamous wall paintings during the late 1100s, they used asbestos in plaster coatings underneath the paintings, according to new research. The use of the chrysotile asbestos (white asbestos) provided a smooth layer with a mirror-like surface for the painting.
  • Concerns over minority hiring dominate asbestos cleanup meeting in North St. Louis
    A meeting hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the $30 million cleanup of the former Carter Carburetor plant in North St. Louis featured questions regarding concerns over minority hiring. The majority of the criticism was towards the plant’s former owner, it’s main contractor and the subcontractor handling the asbestos removal.

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Global Asbestos Awareness Week Begins Today


Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating April 1-7, 2014 as Global Asbestos Awareness Week. This week is an opportunity to spread awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure and educate the public that asbestos, a recognized human carcinogen by multiple health agencies, has not been fully banned in the United States.

Linda Reinstein, President of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, kicked off the week by sharing her own story and an info graphic that details the history of asbestos in the United States.

In 2003, Linda’s husband Alan was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a disease caused by asbestos exposure with no cure.

The Reinstein family, like most American families, trusted that other entities, private and public, would do their part to protect the environment and avoid actions that would harm human life. Sadly, that was not the case, and over the next three years Linda and her young daughter watched as Alan slowly died from a preventable disease.

Alan’s mesothelioma diagnosis motivated Linda to co-found the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization in 2004. ADAO, a non-profit organization, supports asbestos victims and advocates on Capitol Hill for policies that will prevent asbestos exposure and hopefully lead to a total asbestos ban in the United States.

As part of her continuing efforts, she and Dr. Richard Lemen, Co-Chair of ADAO’s science advisory board, have released an infographic that details the deadly history of asbestos exposure. It includes facts such as “Every day 30 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases. That’s the equivalent of 6 basketball teams disappearing form the court every day.”

Check out the info graphic here >>>

The Firm is proud to support ADAO as a 2014 Platinum Sponsor. Today, we would like to recognize the difference the Reinstein Family has made in the asbestos and mesothelioma community through ADAO. This year ADAO celebrates its 10 year anniversary and through its legacy the memory of Alan and all those lost to asbestos-related diseases live on.

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Click to read GAAW’s Day 1 “Asbestos: Legal and Lethal in the USA” >>>

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: March 2014


At the Firm, our mesothelioma lawyers are committed to providing you with the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news to keep you up to date. Below is a short list of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other news from throughout the United States and the world.

  • Novel cancer vaccine may benefit meso patients.Novel Cancer Vaccine Holds Promise Against Certain Cancers Including Mesothelioma
    Researchers are looking to a new approach to cancer immunotherapy for a new and cost-effective weapon against some of the most deadly tumors, including ovarian cancer, mesothelioma and pancreatic cancer. Immunotherapy is designed to induce the immune system to attack cancer cells.
  • Asbestos Poisoning Victims Want Yale Honor Revoked
    Many victims of asbestos exposure in Italy are joining together to urge Yale University to revoke an honorary degree given to Stephan Schmidheiny, former owner of Swiss construction company Eternit. After receiving the honorary degree in 1996, Schmidheiny was later convicted of negligence in approximately 2,000 asbestos-related deaths.
  • Former SMU Student Sentenced to Federal Prison for Exposing Day Laborers to Asbestos
    A former student of Southern Methodist University in Texas will spend a year in federal prison for violating the Clean Air Act and exposing workers to asbestos. The man hired two day laborers to remove asbestos from a building his father’s company owned.

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