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US states sue EPA over mesothelioma concerns

Asbestos is a carcinogen that is extremely hazardous to human health. Exposure to asbestos can cause victims in South Carolina to develop dangerous and even fatal diseases, such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently closed a loophole regarding asbestos use, but some states say the current protections are not enough.

A total of 10 states as well as Washington, D.C. are suing the EPA after critics say the agency failed to protect citizens. The agency passed the new rule in April 2019, which it said closed a decades-old loophole that made it impossible to restrict or prevent sales of certain products containing asbestos. Those suing the EPA said it should have done much more than just closed a single loophole and should have banned the substance altogether.

FDA approves new treatment for mesothelioma

We recently published a slideshare which provides information about a new FDA-approved therapy for sufferers of mesothelioma.

Please view the information below, and call our law firm if you have any questions about your legal options following a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Military families worried about asbestos exposure

Living the military life is not easy. Between deployments and frequent moves, active military members and their families have enough on their plates to worry about. The possibility of dealing with asbestos exposure in their own homes probably seemed far-fetched, but it is now the reality that many are facing. The contractor accused of exposing military families to asbestos operates in multiple states, including South Carolina.

Balfour Beatty is one of the largest housing contractors for the military, and its records show that the company does a pretty good job in that regard. However, a joint investigation by CBS News and Reuters uncovered some horrifying news -- Balfour Beatty was falsifying its data from at least one of its base locations in an effort to secure larger bonuses. According to an FBI investigation, the company prioritized making it appear as though problems were addressed quickly rather than actually fixing housing issues, such as dangerous asbestos flooring.

Victim's family continues mesothelioma suit against Ford

South Carolina residents should be able to go to work without fear for their health, well-being and general safety. Additionally, older workers should have the luxury of looking back over their working careers without realizing that they were wrongfully exposed to deadly substances. This is unfortunately not the reality that many people face, and mesothelioma patients in particular might feel especially frustrated by their work situations. Seeking compensation is usually a good way to address those frustrations, but doing so might not always be easy.

A year before his death from peritoneal mesothelioma, a former generator service technician and mechanic sued the Ford Motor Co. He claimed that his mesothelioma was caused by ongoing asbestos exposure while working for Ford. Although he passed away from his illness before the suit was completed, his surviving family members were named as plaintiffs.

Is mesothelioma the only disease linked to asbestos?

There is no question about whether asbestos exposure can lead to devastating health outcomes. Most people in South Carolina already know that exposure to this toxic substance can cause mesothelioma, but that is not all. Lung cancer and asbestosis are other diseases that victims may develop years or even decades after being exposed. Here is what victims may need to know about these diseases.

Frequently associated with smoking, nonsmokers who develop lung cancer may suspect that something else is behind their disease. However, those who have been exposed to asbestos develop lung cancer more frequently than mesothelioma. Lung cancer patients frequently experience chronic coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain and wheezing. If a person who has been exposed to asbestos begins experiencing any of these symptoms, he or she should be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Mesothelioma-causing asbestos found in more makeup products

There is really no ambiguity when it comes to the health risks associated with asbestos, which is why the carcinogen has been banned in a number of countries. Despite this, asbestos is still used in some products in the United States. However, the dangerous substance is showing up in far more places than the construction and manufacturing industries, which people might most closely associate with asbestos and the related cancer mesothelioma. A recent round of testing by the Food and Drug Administration found that not one but two companies were selling contaminated makeup products that could cause asbestos exposure for both women and young girls in South Carolina.

The FDA has an ongoing procedure for testing cosmetics for asbestos contamination. In a recent round of testing, the FDA identified a contour palette sold by Beauty Plus Global as well as a popular child's makeup kit sold at Claire's, a store geared toward young girls, both of which have since been recalled. However, this is not the first time that Claire's has had to recall makeup items marketed to children. In early 2019, Claire's had to pull three makeup and cosmetics products off its shelves after FDA discovered asbestos. Asbestos contamination in children's cosmetics has been a public issue for Claire's as far back as 2017.

Women who wear makeup could be victims of asbestos exposure

Applying makeup is a daily practice for many women in South Carolina. These women should be able to put on their makeup without worrying about asbestos exposure, but this might not be the case. A significant number of cosmetics could contain this cancer-causing substance, putting women everywhere at risk for serious and even fatal health problems.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, cosmetic manufacturers who market their products in America are not legally required to perform safety tests on their products. One state introduced a bill that would effectively ban the sale of any cosmetics that contain anything from a list of 15 toxic minerals and chemicals. Asbestos was included on that list, as were mercury and formaldehyde. There was significant opposition to the bill, especially by those who thought it would affect job prospects in the state, and it ultimately did not pass.

City blamed for firefighter trainees' asbestos exposure

As public servants, firefighters put themselves in harm's way in order to protect the people of South Carolina. Firefighters likely expect to encounter potentially dangerous substances while on the job. However, few may think that they would be victims of asbestos exposure during their training.

An out-of-state city might have to shell out for fines associated with asbestos at its area fire academy training center. According to the area Air Pollution Control District -- the APCD -- the training academy is quite old and contains a number of materials contaminated with asbestos. This includes things like floor tile and mastic, a type of adhesive used in construction. The APCD claims that firefighters in training between 2001 and July 2018 were exposed to asbestos at the facility.

Contractors face fines for asbestos exposure

Libraries are a central part of many communities in South Carolina. Whether offering free job training, internet access or simply books to check out, libraries provide valuable services in relatively safe settings. However, one out-of-state library ended up being less safe than some visitors might have realized, and contractors are now on the hook for possible asbestos exposure.

The Hale Library at Kansas State University was plagued by a serious fire in 2018. Smoke and water caused extensive damage to the library's collection of more than 1.5 million books. The fire also damaged the library building itself. The university brought in two different contractors to perform essential repairs and rehabilitation to the building. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, both contractors failed to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards for working in buildings with asbestos. 

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