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Developer pleads guilty to improper handling of asbestos

KANSAS CITY – A developer has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Air Act.

William M. Threatt Jr., 71, admitted he improperly removed and disposed of asbestos between 2001 and 2006 while overseeing the development of the Citadel Plaza.

Threatt, the former president of the Community Development Corporation of Kansas City, and Anthony Crompton, the corporation’s former real estate director, were charged in 2010 with failing to properly inspect for asbestos inside buildings that were scheduled to be demolished as well as failing to remove a large portion of the asbestos.

Crompton pleaded guilty in October and Threatt pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

A sentencing date has yet to be set for either Threatt or Crompton, but both are facing up to five years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.
Asbestos is a mineral found in nature that was previously used in the United States due to its insulating capabilities, durability and strength. However, once it was discovered that asbestos caused several health issues, it was banned in the country. Unfortunately, many people continue to use it or improperly handle it, placing several lives at risk.

Perhaps one of the worst illnesses caused by asbestos is mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs, heart and chest. Mesothelioma can take up to 50 years to develop, making it extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat. Unfortunately, despite advances in modern medicine, there is currently no cure for mesothelioma.

Luckily though, anyone suffering from the disease or who has lost a loved one to mesothelioma has a right to seek legal help. Turn to a mesothelioma lawyer immediately to discuss your options and file a claim.

As an asbestos victim, you may be entitled to thousands, or even millions of dollars in money damages and medical care for your pain and suffering. Your mesothelioma attorney will do whatever it takes to ensure you obtain the maximum compensation possible and will also see to it that those responsible for your disease are held accountable for their actions.

Don’t wait another minute and contact a skilled team of mesothelioma lawyers today to get started on your case.

President Obama stresses importance of handling asbestos in public schools

President Obama has proposed to do something about the asbestos problem many public schools are facing. The proposal is included in the “American Jobs Act,” a bill that is intended to stimulate job creation in the United States as well as improving the standard of living.

The plan, costing $447 billion, would allocate a portion of the funds to go toward identifying and removing asbestos-laden materials in public schools.
The new bill would contribute to the renovation of roughly 35,000 public schools. Seeing as how asbestos abatement can take time and become very costly, the procedure is not expected to be an overnight fix to a longstanding problem.

Asbestos is a mineral found in nature that was once popularly used in construction materials due to its strength and durability. However, once the hazards of being exposed to asbestos were discovered, the mineral was banned in the U.S. in the late 1980s. Yet, there are still a number of older buildings and structures that contain asbestos, including several public schools.

When intact, asbestos doesn’t pose much of a threat, but breathing in asbestos fibers can contribute to a number of illnesses, including mesothelioma, a terminal cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavity. Although several treatments for mesothelioma, like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, might help prolong the lives of victims, there is currently no cure for the illness. The most terrible thing about mesothelioma is that the vast majority of victims are not even aware that they are ill. It can take up to 50 years for the cancer to develop and by the time symptoms manifest, it is usually too late.

Mesothelioma symptoms can also be very mild, not causing much alarm to the victims to lead them to seek medical care. And to top it off, there is only a small window period to seek treatment successfully, which is only about 12-18 months.

However, there is still a way for mesothelioma patients to seek help for their cancer and to obtain justice after having been exposed to asbestos. If you or someone you love is struggling with this terrible disease, contact a leading mesothelioma lawyer right away. Mesothelioma attorneys work diligently to secure you and your loved ones the compensation and benefits you deserve for having been exposed to asbestos. Usually, those suffering from mesothelioma contracted the illness because of someone’s negligence. Employers are mostly to blame because of a lack of safety requirements or because they don’t properly inform workers of asbestos at a job site. With a leading team of mesothelioma lawyers, you can rest assured that those responsible for your disease will be held accountable. Your paralegal will work non-stop so you can obtain the money damages and medical care you rightfully deserve.

Time is of the essence when battling mesothelioma, so speak to an acclaimed mesothelioma attorney right away to discuss your options and file a claim.

Asbestos victim awarded $2.4 million

By: Tanya Gonzalez

GARDEN GROVE, California – A San Diego jury awarded $2.4 million to an asbestos victim last month.

The victim, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in 2010, contracted the disease after being exposed to asbestos-laded materials while working in boiler rooms for the U.S. Navy in the 1960s and 70s.

Mesothelioma cancer affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavities. Roughly 3,500 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed yearly in the United States alone, but many go unnoticed because the cancer can take up to 50 years to manifest. Sometimes there are symptoms associated with mesothelioma but oftentimes there are none. Even if symptoms do develop, they can be so benign that the victim never seeks medical help.

Although there are treatments for the cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, most mesothelioma patients that seek help are already in the final stages of the cancer and cannot be helped. There is only a small, 18 month period from the time the cancer develops to seek medical treatment.

Before asbestos was banned in the late 1980s, it was legal to use the mineral in construction materials due to its strength and durability. However, once it was discovered that breathing in lose asbestos fibers can contribute to several diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestos was banned in several countries, including the United States.

There are still many products that contain asbestos that had been manufactured when the mineral was still legally used, but in order to work with asbestos, strict safety guidelines must be followed. Anyone working with asbestos must wear protective gear and dispose of the mineral accordingly.

Unfortunately though, not all asbestos removal companies adhere to safety guidelines and expose their workers to the mineral, placing them at great risk. If you or someone you love has worked around asbestos or has already contracted mesothelioma, speak to a leading mesothelioma lawyer right away.

As an asbestos victim, you may be entitled to thousands, or even millions of dollars in compensation for your pain and suffering. Mesothelioma attorneys do whatever it takes to secure you and your loved ones the money damages and medical care you deserve following your exposure to asbestos. Your mesothelioma lawyers will also see to it that whoever was responsible for exposing you to the mineral is held accountable for their negligence.

Don’t waste any time before contacting an acclaimed mesothelioma attorney for legal counsel. You, as an asbestos victim, have rights and your mesothelioma lawyer will do whatever it takes to ensure they are upheld.

Asbestos discovery halts Forster building demolition

By: Tanya Gonzalez

The former Forster Manufacturing building that was scheduled to be demolished has been postponed due to asbestos findings within the property.

Asbestos is a mineral that has been used in several construction properties due to its durability and strength, however, it has been banned in the U.S. because of the dangers it poses. When intact, asbestos is relatively not harmful. However, when the fibers of the mineral break apart, they become airborne and can be breathed in by victims. Once the fibers lodge within the victim’s lungs, several diseases can ensue, including mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that affects the lungs, heart and chest cavities. While there are treatments available for mesothelioma, there is currently no cure.

It can take up to 50 years for mesothelioma to develop following asbestos exposure, which makes it very hard to diagnose and treat. Many patients don’t even suffer symptoms or if they do, the symptoms are so mild that they don’t seek help.

Authorities found high levels of asbestos – both intact and airborne – within the Forster building.  The asbestos must be properly removed before the demolition can take place to avoid anyone from being exposed to the mineral.

Those who work around asbestos must use protective gear. Unfortunately though, not all companies provide workers with adequate safety gear. If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos or are already suffering from mesothelioma cancer, speak to a mesothelioma lawyer immediately.

As an asbestos victim, you may be entitled to thousands, possibly even millions of dollars in compensation for your pain and suffering. Your mesothelioma attorney will see to it that you receive the full spectrum of benefits you deserve and that anyone who is responsible for exposing you to asbestos is held liable for their actions.

Many times, mesothelioma cases involve asbestos exposure from before it was banned in the U.S. However, there are several cases in which victims were exposed to asbestos several years after it was banned in the late 1980s. Regardless of when you were exposed, you have rights, and your mesothelioma lawyer will see to it that they are upheld.

Speak to a leading team of mesothelioma attorneys right away to seek compensation for your pain and suffering. There is only a short period of time in which mesothelioma can be treated, so fight for your rights immediately with a top team of mesothelioma lawyers.

 

Rotterdam Convention fails to include asbestos on hazardous chemicals list

Those hoping to fight the good fight for mesothelioma victims everywhere were disappointed by the results of this year’s Rotterdam Convention.

 

The Rotterdam Convention aims better inform people worldwide about the dangers of certain chemicals. If a chemical is not added to the list, it can continue to be imported and exported without proper warning.

 

While three pesticides – alachlor, aldicarb and endosulfan – were added to a list of 40 chemicals that are considered hazardous, the 141 nations involved in the convention could not agree to put asbestos on the list.

 

For years, many nations have struggled to ensure that asbestos is banned from usage due to the numerous diseases that are linked to exposure to the mineral. Mesothelioma is one of the diseases caused by asbestos. It is a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest and is extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat. Prognosis for mesothelioma patients is grim and there is currently no cure for it.

 

Asbestos is commonly used in construction materials due to its insulating properties and durability. Several countries have banned the use of asbestos after discovering its harmful effects, however, many countries, including Canada, still mine the mineral and export it to other countries. An international ban of asbestos would have been ideal in stopping further diseases linked to the harmful mineral, but a consensus among the nations in attendance at the conference could not be reached.

 

Even in the United States, where asbestos is banned, several companies continue to use it illegally and expose their workers to it without proper safety gear. However, those who are stricken with mesothelioma cancer still have hope for justice. If you or a loved one have been suffering with mesothelioma following asbestos exposure, contact a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible for help.

 

Mesothelioma attorneys strive to secure their clients the money damages and medical care they deserve after being exposed to asbestos. If you have been exposed to the harmful mineral, your paralegal will stop at nothing to ensure that those responsible for your disease are held accountable. With the help of an elite team of mesothelioma lawyers, you and your loved ones may be eligible for thousands – if not millions – of dollars in compensation for your pain and suffering.

 

Although there is no cure for mesothelioma, if caught in time, treatments are available which could help a patient enter remission. Contact a mesothelioma attorney immediately to fight for your rights as an asbestos victim.