World Asbestos Report News

Archives: August 2012

August 31, 2012 -- Officials: Asbestos-containing soil too close to Australian rail station

Union officials in New South Wales, Australia, are claiming that asbestos-containing soil shipped from the suburb of Barangaroo to Port Kembla is sitting too close to the Port Kembla railway station.

August 27, 2012 -- Australian hospital faces asbestos scare

Asbestos was disturbed recently at Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia after a contractor reportedly fell through a ceiling near the orthopaedics ward, the Herald Sun reports.

August 20, 2012 -- Majority of schools in English county contain asbestos

More than two-thirds of the schools located in the English county of Gloucestershire likely contain asbestos, according to recent analysis conducted by the BBC.

August 17, 2012 -- British hospital starts mesothelioma tissue bank

While there are several dedicated mesothelioma tissue banks in the U.S., Europe has had none to turn to - until now. That's because a hospital in the U.K. has announced the creation of "Mesobank," a mesothelioma biopsy sample repository that will be funded by the British Lung Foundation and Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund.

August 16, 2012 -- Chinese cars recalled in Australia over asbestos concerns

Approximately 23,000 cars manufactured in China were recently recalled in Australia following a government probe that located asbestos in multiple areas of the vehicles, The Wall Street Journal reports.

August 15, 2012 -- India's Supreme Court bars importation of asbestos-containing ships

In what appears to be another step toward preventing asbestos-related deaths, India's Supreme Court ruled recently that the country can no longer accept end-of-life ships containing asbestos or other toxic substances from countries like the U.S. and Europe.

August 15, 2012 -- Long after asbestos exposure is restricted in UK, asbestosis, mesothelioma levels are still high

Because of its long latency period, mesothelioma symptoms typically appear three or four decades after patients first receive any asbestos exposure. This delay presents several problems. Not only does it make early diagnosis nearly impossible, but it also makes population studies harder to manage.

August 14, 2012 -- Political opposition to asbestos mining in Quebec rises

The Quebec government's decision to offer a loan to investors that will revitalize the Jeffrey asbestos mine in the town of Asbestos has created significant backlash from both health groups and politicians across the globe.

August 14, 2012 -- French advocate refuses Legion of Honor, says accepting would insult mesothelioma patients

Among people who advocate for a complete international ban of asbestos, there is a consensus that much work remains to be done, even after so many victories. Plenty of countries still mine, utilize and sell the toxic fiber, a trade that can warp economic interests even in nations where the mineral has been totally outlawed.

August 14, 2012 -- Quebecois politician on asbestos exposure: 'We can't let people die to save a job'

With the Quebec general elections coming up in September, a number of the province's politicians have begun questioning a controversial loan made last month by the Quebec government.

August 10, 2012 -- South African town is still being crushed under mesothelioma's thumb

Prieska, South Africa, was once blanketed in a cloud of asbestos. Now, it is shrouded in death. According to an article published by the Associated Foreign Press (AFP), the town - which was once the site of a huge blue asbestos mine - is now riddled with patients suffering from mesothelioma and other deadly diseases caused by asbestos exposure.

August 9, 2012 -- Years later, Australian victims of asbestos exposure still feel powerless

Today, Wittenoom, Australia, is all but a ghost town. Located on the nation's west coast, the locale was once the site of one of the world's largest deposits of blue asbestos. Now, after being declared an industrial disaster site, it is abandoned, populated by a handful of people.

August 8, 2012 -- Brazil's senior labor inspector wins ruling over asbestos defamation

Though Canada recently took a serious step backwards by moving to revitalize its Jeffrey asbestos mine, it appears as though advocates for the banning of the carcinogenic substance are making strides around the world.

August 2, 2012 -- Jeffrey Mine will increase asbestos exposure but not necessarily profits

Now that Quebec has guaranteed $58 million in direct loans to reopen its Jeffrey Mine, the world's largest source of asbestos, policy experts across Canada and the U.S. are expressing their outrage.

August 2, 2012 -- In developing nations, asbestos exposure may become more widespread, thanks to lobbying and poverty

More than 50 nations have banned asbestos outright. The U.S. has tightly restricted its use (though a full ban is nowhere in sight). Yet, in developing nations, the use of the fiber - and so, the incidence of asbestos exposure - is skyrocketing, a trend that will boost the worldwide prevalence of mesothelioma.