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September 2016 Archives

EPA may examine asbestos use by chlorine-alkali industry

In our post two weeks ago, we noted that changes in the Toxic Substances Control Act may lead the United States Environmental Protection Agency to closely examine the importation of brake lining material because of their asbestos content. A recent report now suggests that the EPA's microscope may focus on a second industry that uses asbestos-containing products in its manufacturing processes.

What is asbestosis?

Many North Carolinians are aware that asbestos can cause several diseases that afflict the lungs, but they are often unaware of the symptoms or effects of these diseases. We have written at length in other posts about pleural mesothelioma, an especially virulent form of lung cancer that is caused almost exclusively by asbestos product exposure. In this post, we will explore another asbestos-caused disease - asbestosis.

Imported brake parts may contain asbestos

Over the last 50 years, one of the most frequent causes of asbestos-related illnesses in North Carolina and elsewhere wasbestos fibers in brake pads and other brake components. The problem was exacerbated by the need to replace brake pads on older automobiles and trucks as they aged. American automobile parts manufacturers have phased out asbestos in their brakes as of 2015, but the threat of asbestos product exposure has re-emerged due to imported brake linings and brake components that contain asbestos.

Asbestos hampers clean-up of old mill site

This blog has frequently written about the health hazard posed by asbestos in very old industrial buildings in North Carolina and surrounding states. Most often, the hazard has been revealed by the proposed renovation or demolition of an older facility. Occasionally, however, events such as fires and collapses can expose the expose the presence of asbestos-containing products in these old buildings in sudden and unexpected ways.

Garlock, Coltec announce settlement plan for asbestos claims

The law firm representing several asbestos litigation defendants has announced a settlement plan that will affect existing and future claims by persons who suffered various asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. The plan involves product liability claims against Garlock Sealing Technologies, Anchor Packing Company, and Coltec Industries, who are collectively referred to as the "Debtors," for damages caused by exposure to asbestos-containing products manufactured or used in the products of these companies.

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