At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our mesothelioma lawyers are committed to keeping you up-to-date on the latest asbestos and mesothelioma headlines. We’ve compiled a brief list of some of the most recent headlines concerning the dangers of asbestos exposure and new information about mesothelioma research happening in the United States and throughout the world.
• Asbestos fibers found in rock of proposed Wisconsin mine
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources identified asbestos mineral fibers in a rock sample at the location of a potential iron ore mine. The asbestos discovery was confirmed by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.
• Thousands stage Paris ‘die-in’ to protest asbestos risk
On Saturday, Oct. 12 thousands of people protested the failure of Paris authorities to clear workplaces of asbestos. Participants could be seen lying down on the street outside Sorbonne University to symbolize the deaths caused by asbestos exposure each year. The event began at the Tour Montparnasse, where inspectors had repeatedly found asbestos dust exceeding the allowable limit.
• Asbestos still lurks in spots around UF
This past summer, workers in protective gear spent two months properly removing asbestos-filled plaster from 9,050 square feet in the University of Florida’s Reitz Union. The toxic mineral still remains in many of the Florida college’s historic buildings, and the campus is making a conscious effort to properly remove it.
• Ashland County may consider banning explosives near rocks with asbestos
Both the Department of Natural Resources and a Northland College geoscientist have confirmed the presence of asbestos-like fibers in the Penokee Hills in Wisconsin. Because a proposed iron ore mine exists at the site, citizens are concerned about asbestos and mesothelioma. They are urging the county board to ban explosives that may be used at the proposed site.