Steve McQueen to be Honored with ADAO Memorial Tribute Award

Legendary actor Steve McQueen, who died in 1980 from mesothelioma, is to be honored with the Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute Award. The award will be presented March 31, 2012, by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) at its 8th annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference. The award is named for musician Warren Zevon, who lost his battle with...

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AML Patient Wins Significant Verdict for Benzene Exposure Case

On February 10, 2012, a jury awarded a substantial amount to a former petroleum inspector in his suit against former employers Chevron USA, Texaco, and Unocal. The jury found that “extensive benzene exposure” suffered during his employment caused him to develop acute myelogenous leukemia at age 48, leaving him with “substantial medical bills” and unable to continue working in his field....

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Free-Standing Mesothelioma Research Lab Opens in California

Pacific Meso Center has opened the very first free-standing mesothelioma research lab in Los Angeles, California. This lab is solely dedicated to finding treatment for the deadly cancer affecting the lining of the lungs. The work conducted in the lab will focus on not only providing treatment options, but also providing preventative measures to protect against a diagnosis. Initial projects for...

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Allen Stewart, P.C. Attorneys Celebrate Win Victim of Benzene-Related Leukemia

U.S. Supreme Court rejects defendants’ appeal concerning expert testimony on causation Attorneys at Dallas-based law firm Allen Stewart, P.C. applaud the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting the defendants’ appeal of a 2011 appellate decision that preserves the right of a leukemia victim to show at trial that benzene exposure caused his cancer. In this case, Allen Stewart, P.C....

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Pfizer Gets Ready to Implement EPA Cleanup Plan for American Cyanimid Site

Pfizer engineers have prepared to implement a plan according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines to clean up the American Cyanimid Superfund Site in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The plan includes constructing protective covers to prevent existing contamination from seeping into bedrock or rising to the surface, expansion of the existing practice of extracting wastewater to the...

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Peritoneal Mesothelioma Victim Wins Substantial Verdict

A jury in Buffalo, New York has ordered a former employer to pay a substantial amount in damages to Gerald Failing, a resident of Niagara Falls. Failing worked for Durez Plastics in North Tonawanda for 12 years, from 1966 to 1978. The company, now owned by Sumitomo Bakelite North America Inc., manufactures thermoset materials. Failing’s job included dumping raw asbestos and mixing it with...

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SUNY Stonybrook Team Works on Cleaning Up Fracking Water

Perena Gouma, an associate professor at SUNY Stonybrook, has developed a technology which is designed to remove hydrocarbons (like oil) from water by using nanogrids that float and efficiently decompose the hydrocarbons using solar irradiation. Originally intended for cleaning up oil spills, the technology was deemed too expensive for such purposes and has instead been re-engineered towards...

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Wet Method Causes Concern with Demolition of Missouri Elementary School

Irving Elementary school in Joplin, Missouri was destroyed by a tornado in May of last year. As a result, it has to come down. The problem is that, like most buildings of that era, the school is loaded with asbestos building materials. Asbestos is perfectly safe when bound to a building material, but when the material is crushed, asbestos can contaminate the air and ground. Breathing in asbestos...

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Civil Engineer Dies of Mesothelioma at Age 84

Frank Craig Kilpatrick died recently at the age of 84 following a battle with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Frank, a WWII U.S. Navy veteran, worked a variety of jobs during his lifetime. He retired in 1992 from Barton & Martin Engineers in Philadelphia, where he worked as a surveyor and civil engineer. He willed his body to scientific research. Donations in his...

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Tonawanda Factories Offered e3 Incentives to Clean up Their Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA )has chosen Tonawanda, New York to implement, the new e3 program, which stands for economy, energy, and environment. Companies in the area are offered incentives for companies to develop internal programs designed to clean up the environment. Tonawanda has 53 factories within a two-mile radius that pollute the air with known cancer-causing agents like...

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