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Month: July 2019

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States’ Attorneys General Move to Ban Asbestos

Decades ago, a complete ban of asbestos use in the United States was proposed in response to revelations that the material was the direct cause of malignant mesothelioma, as well as numerous other asbestos-related diseases. The ban was adopted by the EPA but later struck down by the Fifth Circuit, largely in response to objections from asbestos companies and the chemical industry. Today health and safety advocates have continued to wage war against asbestos, and now attorneys general representing 18 states and the District of Columbia are urging Congress to pass a law that would accomplish the same thing proposed years ago.

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New Zealand Family Wins Bittersweet Victory After Loved One’s Mesothelioma Death

A New Zealand family has won a three-year battle for compensation for their loved one’s death from mesothelioma, but the victory is bittersweet. Deanna Trevarthen was just 45 when she died of the rare and deadly form of cancer in 2016, and despite the fact that her illness was caused by contact with the asbestos that covered her father’s coveralls when she was a child, the nation’s no-fault insurance coverage deemed her ineligible for benefits. It took years of struggle to get her the justice that she deserved.

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Ten States Sue EPA In Attempt to Control Asbestos Exposure, Reduce Risk of Mesothelioma

In the face of continuing risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases from asbestos that’s in place and asbestos being used in new applications, ten U.S. states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: the goal of the suit is to force the agency to enact greater restrictions and more robust oversight on the use of the carcinogenic material.

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