Industry News December 2013

Geologists find natural asbestos fibers in Nevada

Seattle PI
December 26, 2013
By Henry Brean

Removing asbestos from an old building can be hazardous and expensive. So what happens if the ground outside is covered with the stuff for miles around?

That’s what a team of UNLV geologists is trying to figure out after the surprise discovery of potentially toxic, asbestos-type minerals in rocks and dust from Boulder City to the southeastern edge of the Las Vegas Valley.

Asbestos taking a toll on firefighters, study suggests
Risk & Insurance
December 9, 2013

Exposure to asbestos is believed to be responsible for a high rate of mesothelioma among some firefighters. A new study shows firefighters in three major cities had a rate of the cancer two times greater than the country’s overall population.

Second Geologist Confirms Asbestos-Form Fibers At Proposed Mine Site
Wisconsin Public Radio
December 9, 2013
By Mike Simonson

A second scientist now confirms that asbestos-like fibers exist in the rock formations of the proposed iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills. That confirmation also comes with a warning: that these fibers are dangerous if the rock is disturbed.

Waterloo school board to approve asbestos removal for old Irving building
WCF Courier
December 8, 2013
By Andrew Wind

A $184,181 contract with Advanced Environmental to remove asbestos from the old Irving School will be considered Monday by the Board of Education.

Improper asbestos cleanup at high school results in citation

The World Link
December 7, 2013

A local environmental cleanup firm has been hit with a penalty for allegedly improperly handling asbestos at Myrtle Point High School.

Asbestos found in Theodore Roosevelt Elementary
WBNG Binghamton
December 6, 2013
By Conor Mooney

Asbestos was located in another Binghamton school. This time, it was Theodore Roosevelt Elementary.

New York State Investigation of Asbestos Exposure Incident at New Rochelle’s Davis Elementary School Continues
New Rochelle Talk
December 5, 2013

State investigators were on scene today at the Davis Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY as part of an ongoing investigation of an asbestos exposure incident last July.

Asbestos found in two more Binghamton schools
WBNG Binghamton
December 5, 2013
By Kelly McCarthy

Asbestos contamination was found in two Binghamton city schools this week, but the district said it will not evacuate any students or faculty.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Launches Asbestos Mobile App
Fort Mill Times
December 5, 2013

The ADAO app, available on iTunes under “ADAO Asbestos Information,” connects users to the latest news regarding treatments for mesothelioma, a cancer caused only by asbestos, and ways to prevent asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Issues to Impact Final Cost of Wakefield Project

Sun Gazette
December 4, 2013
By Scott McCaffrey

The existence of non-friable asbestos material in the walls of the abandoned Wakefield

High School means some unexpected costs for the county school system and, by extension, local


GTAC Won’t Sample Mining Area With Asbestos-Like Fibers
Wisconsin Public Radio
December 3, 2013
By Mike Simonson

Gogebic Taconite (GTAC), the company behind the proposed iron ore mine in the Penokee

Hills, says it won’t take rock samples from an area where asbestos-like fibers were


Comments sought on asbestos cleanup in

Great Falls Tribune
December 1, 2013
By The Associated Press

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comments about a cleanup

plan involving an asbestos site in Bozeman.