Missoula County applies for asbestos removal grant

Missoula County is trying to apply for a pilot federal grant to help remove asbestos from the annex to the county courthouse.

The abatement could cost over a quarter of a million dollars, but cannot be postponed any longer. The county is planning on renovating the annex this spring but with asbestos still in the building, those plans have to be put on hold.

Asbestos was banned from the United States in the 1980s but used to be a very popular material in construction due to its insulating properties and strength. However, it was prohibited once it was discovered that breathing in asbestos fibers can lead to several illnesses like mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest. It can take decades to develop, making both diagnosing and treating it extremely difficult. Although there are treatments for mesothelioma like radiation, chemotherapy and surgery, there is still no cure for the disease.

If asbestos is left in the annex, anyone who comes in contact with the mineral may become infected. Unfortunately, removing asbestos is not cheap.

According to John Adams, grants administrator at the Office of Planning and Grants, the application will be for roughly $280,000.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set aside $5.5 million for Brownfields Multi-Purpose Pilot Grants which cover both asbestos assessment and abatement.

The county is hoping it will get the grant. It has already budgeted $13 million for the entire renovation project, including asbestos abatement.
While there are strict laws regarding asbestos abatement, many companies disregard them and expose their workers to the mineral without the appropriate protective gear. If you or someone you know is suffering from mesothelioma or was exposed to asbestos, contact a mesothelioma lawyer for help immediately.

Mesothelioma attorneys do whatever it takes to protect your rights. They will investigate your employment history and if they determine someone to have been at fault for your disease, rest assured they will be held accountable for their negligence.
Asbestos victims are entitled to receive up to millions of dollars in money damages and medical care. With a top mesothelioma attorney, you can rest easy knowing you will obtain the full slew of benefits you deserve.

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California Man Awarded $7.5 Million in Mesothelioma Settlement

LOS ANGELES, CA – A former Chico construction worker was compensated after developing mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.

Represented by mesothelioma attorneys Weitz & Luxenberg, the worker was able to collect $7.5 million after being exposed to asbestos-cement pipe for years.

Six companies were named in the lawsuit and each was found to have contributed to the worker’s illness. The 57-year-old man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was diagnosed with mesothelioma less than a year ago.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer linked to the exposure of asbestos that affects the lungs, heart and chest cavities. It can take years to develop, making it extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat. Although current medical treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are available to help patients, there is currently no cure for mesothelioma.

According to Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma lawyer Daniel Wasserberg, Esq., “Our client was a construction worker who, in the 1970s and 1980s, helped install underground water and sewer lines. These pipes — 6 to 48 inches in diameter — were made of a concrete-asbestos composite material for strength but also for ease of fabrication. The defendants made, sold or delivered them.”

The plaintiff was responsible for cutting asbestos pipes, and was exposed to asbestos fibers which eventually caused his mesothelioma.

“Our client performed his work with a gasoline-operated saw,” said Brent Zadorozny, Esq., a Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma attorney. “The cuts generated an enormous amount of cement-asbestos dust, which flew in every direction from the saw’s whirring blades and engine exhaust blast. This veritable snowstorm of asbestos dust was at times so thick you couldn’t see the person standing three feet away from you.”

After years of being covered in asbestos dust, the plaintiff eventually developed mesothelioma.

If you have been exposed to asbestos or are suffering from mesothelioma cancer, turn to a leading team of mesothelioma lawyers near you for legal help. You too may obtain millions of dollars in money damages and medical care for your pain and suffering and your paralegal will ensure you obtain the maximum benefits possible.

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Vancouver employer sentenced to 60 days in jail after exposing workers to asbestos

A Metro Vancouver employer has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after exposing his workers to asbestos.

Arthur Moore was sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday after ignoring court orders that he stop demolition work after failing to provide protective gear for his workers while they handled asbestos.

“Thankfully, at least one time in all the time I’ve been in this province, an employer is going to jail for basically giving the death sentence to a whole lot of workers,” said B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair.

However, Sinclair believes the punishment was too light.

“The system is still fundamentally broken,” Sinclair said. “[Moore] should have been charged with criminal neglect as soon as he did it.”

Moore would repeatedly expose his workers to asbestos knowingly, often hiring recovering addicts as young as 14 years of age. He would run his business under several names, including AM Environmental, Tri City Hazmat, Surrey Hazmat, Pro Scan Environmental and others.

“This is going to be a pretty rare opportunity to see an employer that does this type of stuff actually go to jail for what he is doing,” said Lee Loftus, spokesman for the B.C. and Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council.

Asbestos is a harmful mineral that can lead to several illnesses once its fibers are breathed in, such as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lungs, heart and chest. It can take up to 50 years to develop, making it extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat. There is currently no cure for mesothelioma.

There are strict safety standards when working with asbestos and those in violation will incur strict penalties. If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos or is suffering with mesothelioma, turn to a leading mesothelioma attorney for help.

Mesothelioma lawyers ensure you obtain compensation for your pain and suffering and that those responsible for your disease are held accountable. Call today to schedule a consultation with a skilled team of mesothelioma attorneys near you to fight for your rights.

Researchers discover link between asbestos exposure and mortality rate among textile workers

New research shows that textile workers in North Carolina and South Carolina who have been exposed to asbestos had a significantly greater rate of lung cancer, including mesothelioma.

 

Asbestos is a mineral that was once popularly used in construction materials and textiles but has been banned from several countries, including the United States, because it contributes to a number of illnesses, like the deadly mesothelioma.

 

Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lungs, heart and lining of the chest. It can take up to 50 years to develop, making it extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat. Although the cancer can be fought with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, there is still no cure for mesothelioma.

 

In a study published in the January issue of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal, researchers monitored the progress of over 6,100 textile workers at four Carolina textile mills that previously manufactured asbestos. The researchers reported elevated death rates from lung cancer among the workers as opposed to the general population.

 

The researchers, based at the University of Nebraska, Duke University and the University of North Carolina, found that there was a strong correlation between the increased mortality rate from lung cancer and the exposure of asbestos.

 

The research further shows the dangers of breathing in asbestos fibers.

 

If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos or is already struggling with mesothelioma, the time to act is now. Turn to a top mesothelioma lawyer immediately to file a claim and collect your rightful benefits. As a mesothelioma victim, you may be entitled to thousands or even millions of dollars in money damages and medical care, and your mesothelioma attorney will not rest until you obtain every last penny.

 

Mesothelioma lawyers will investigate your work history to determine the source of your asbestos exposure. Once they discover who was responsible, rest assured your paralegal will make sure they are held accountable for your pain and suffering.  Trust that your mesothelioma lawyer will not rest until your case ends in your favor.

 

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Two indicted in Asbestos Case

Two men have been indicted in an asbestos removal case. One is a property owner from Weston and the other is a heating contractor from Plainville.

The men were indicted by a Norfolk County grand jury for their role in improperly removing asbestos from a single-family rental property in Medway. David Einis, 58, of Weston, and Nicholas Pasquantonio, 41, of Plainville, were indicted on two counts of violating the Massachusetts Clean Air Act, failure to file a notice of asbestos removal with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and failure to prevent asbestos emissions, said Attorney General Martha Coakley in a statement.

The charges are in response to an asbestos abatement procedure from December 2010. Einis hired Pasquantonio, of Johnny’s Oil Service Inc., to replace the boiler in the property that is home to a family with children. Pasquantonio is not a licensed asbestos contractor.

Pasquantonio did not seal off the basement while he was replacing the boiler and when MassDEP inspected the site, it was discovered that Pasquantonio allowed asbestos to become loose and airborne.

This could lead to serious illnesses for the entire family, including mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma occurs after a victim is exposed to asbestos fibers. It affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest and there is currently no cure for it.

Neither Einis nor Pasquantonio notified MassDEP that they would be disturbing asbestos when replacing the boiler and did not follow proper procedures to contain the asbestos. The Department of Labor Standards requires the removal of asbestos be performed by a licensed contractor and certain safety procedures must be followed.

In addition, Pasquantonio allegedly threatened the tenants not to testify against him once he became aware he might be criminally charged criminally.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos or have already developed mesothelioma, turn to a leading mesothelioma lawyer for help immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering and mesothelioma attorneys do whatever it takes to secure you the damages you rightfully deserve.

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