World Asbestos Report News
Archives: June 2011
Two prominent organizations said they would call on the European Union to sanction Canada over its stance that asbestos is not harmful.
June 29, 2011 -- Thousands of dollars raised for UK mesothelioma sufferer
A fundraising campaign in the UK will reportedly help a man who is suffering from malignant mesothelioma to seek full treatment in order to help keep him alive, reports the Watford Observer.
June 28, 2011 -- Workers clean up asbestos dumped years ago in Australia
Workers in the Northern Territory of Australia recently began cleaning up asbestos that had been illegally dumped years ago.
June 27, 2011 -- UK village demands that dumped asbestos be removed
Residents of Sutton Gault, a small village near Ely, Cambridgeshire, in the UK are frustrated that a pile of illegally-dumped rubble has not been cleaned up. The trash contains asbestos, a mineral known to cause the lung disease asbestosis, and has been sitting in a nearby field for longer than six months, reports the Ely Weekly News.
June 27, 2011 -- Dilapidated house could pose high asbestos risk
A vacant house on the corner of Main and Boundary in Redland Bay, Queensland, is suspected to contain asbestos, reports the Bayside Bulletin.
June 24, 2011 -- Telstra prepared to remove asbestos from old infrastructure
Australian telecommunications giant Telstra has agreed to take most of the responsibility for the abatement of asbestos in underground pits and conduits, The Australian reports.
June 23, 2011 -- Former UK mailman dies after being exposed to asbestos
A former UK postman died recently from malignant mesothelioma after he was reportedly exposed to asbestos during his life, but did not know when, according to Peterborough Today.
June 23, 2011 -- Illegal asbestos dumping slows cleanup efforts in Australia
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports that the reopening of four contaminated landfills in Australia has been postponed once again. Illegal dumping of asbestos, a substance linked to the lung cancer malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis, was cited as the reason for the delay.
June 22, 2011 -- Canadian school officials worry about lingering asbestos
Waverly Drive Public School in Ontario was closed recently after construction workers disturbed a pipe that was lined with asbestos, the Guelph Mercury reports. Officials feared that the substance, known to cause malignant mesothelioma, would affect the air quality of the school.
A new cancer screening unit at St. George's Hospital in the UK will reportedly still open on time after asbestos was discovered on the property, reports This Is Local London.
Australia's Parks Victoria and the Environmental Protection Agency are teaming up to eliminate the practice of illegal asbestos dumping at parks in the country such as Kinglake National Park, reports the Diamond Valley Leader.
June 21, 2011 -- Former Canadian Conservative politician urges asbestos action
A former Conservative cabinet member has urged Canada to join the rest of the developed world in declaring asbestos a carcinogen.
June 21, 2011 -- UK farm fire poses asbestos risks
A farm workshop in the UK recently burned down, posing an asbestos risk to those in the area.
June 20, 2011 -- Canada won't reveal asbestos position ahead of Rotterdam Convention
As countries around the world prepare for a convention regarding hazardous materials, one of the nations at the center of the asbestos trade, Canada, has remained silent on its intentions.
June 20, 2011 -- Australian walking track closed over possible asbestos contamination
A walking track in the Australian state of Queensland has been closed due to fears that it might be contaminated with asbestos.
June 17, 2011 -- Canada asbestos industry criticized in the press
Canada has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, as Vancouver Canucks fans recently tarnished the reputation of the British Columbia city after the team's Stanley Cup finals loss.
A Turnford, UK man who worked as an electrician during the 1960s and 1970s as well as a stint as an auto mechanic died of an asbestos-related illness more than 40 years after being exposed to the carcinogen, an inquest heard recently.
The former head of economics for the Arnold School in the UK recently died of the industrial disease malignant mesothelioma, after he likely came into contact with asbestos during a stint with the Royal Navy.
A recent editorial in the Ottawa Citizen said the Canadian government has a double-standard when it comes to asbestos.
June 17, 2011 -- Philippines considers tighter asbestos regulations
While some countries around the world, most notably Canada, are fighting to keep the use of asbestos alive, others, such as the Philippines, are looking to restrict its use.
June 16, 2011 -- UK fire posed asbestos risk to area
A large exclusion zone had to be placed around a fire in the UK because the blaze engulfed a structure that contained asbestos.
June 16, 2011 -- Asbestos find delays renovation work at UK high school
Renovations at a high school in the UK have been set back by the discovery of asbestos on the site.
June 16, 2011 -- Possible asbestos discovery shuts down community garden in the UK
A community garden area in the UK has been closed off due to fears that it might be tainted with asbestos.
June 15, 2011 -- Vandals cause asbestos to be released in Australia
Vandals who are suspected to be juveniles recently inflicted damage upon asbestos-containing walls at a home in Australia that was being renovated, reports the Fraser Coast Chronicle.
June 15, 2011 -- UK seafront projects to receive funding for asbestos survey
The extensive repairs needed on a number of seafront properties in Hastings, UK, will reportedly receive a boost of £50,000 in order to allow for asbestos surveys and other work, reports the Hastings Observer.
June 13, 2011 -- Vancouver residents working to ban asbestos in Canada
A number of Vancouver residents, from politicians to comedians, are reportedly leading the charge to ban asbestos in Canada, according to the Georgia Straight.
June 13, 2011 -- Researchers warn that asbestos-related diseases in Asia will rise
A recent article in a medical journal warns that Asian countries will soon pay a heavy price for their use of asbestos.
June 13, 2011 -- UK resident expresses concern over handling of asbestos
A man in York, UK, is expressing frustration toward local officials for not fully responding to an asbestos situation.
June 10, 2011 -- Coroner: Former UK soldier died of malignant mesothelioma
A coroner ruled recently that a 95-year-old former UK soldier died from a disease with symptoms that were "overwhelmingly linked" to malignant mesothelioma.
June 9, 2011 -- Inspector rules Australian kindergarten clear of asbestos
An independent inspector recently recommended that an Australian kindergarten could re-open after being temporarily shut down due to a discovery of loose asbestos materials.
June 8, 2011 -- Former rail colleagues of UK mesothelioma victim sought by widow
The widow of a former UK rail worker is seeking out her late husband's former colleagues to help her with her asbestos compensation claim.
A former cement worker in the UK claimed in a statement just prior to his death that he helped in the manufacturing of a number of asbestos-containing products throughout his career, reports the Gloucestershire Gazette.
A Canadian lawmaker said he wanted to look into the potential banning of asbestos, even though Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that such a ban would not be enacted.
June 3, 2011 -- Pathologist says former UK plumber died of asbestosis
A pathologist who carried out a post mortem examination of a former UK plumber recently told an inquest that the man died of asbestosis, which was likely caused by being exposed to the carcinogen on the job.
Two recent UK inquests heard that a woman who worked as a secretary for the London Asbestos Company during the 1960s and a former Merchant Navy engineer died of malignant mesothelioma.
A contractor in the UK was recently prosecuted for allegedly allowing workers to be exposed to asbestos.
A 73-year-old New Zealand native is battling for his life after contracting lung cancer due to asbestos exposure that he believes occurred while he worked as a plumber during the 1950s and 1960s.