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One killed in explosion, 2 injured- The New Indian Express
ROURKELA:  A massive explosion in a house, where explosive substances were stored illegally, claimed one life and critically injured two others including a child at Telugupara of Madhusudanpali slum under Plant Site police limits here on Monday afternoon.Several houses were also damaged in the explosion. It is suspected the explosives were meant for manufacturing fire crackers. The explosion took place on the first floor of a two-storey house owned by Jawahar Srivastav at 12.15 pm. Under its impact, the concrete roof of the building was ripped apart and the flying debris severely damaged asbestos roofs of at least 30 adjoining houses.
India  industrial  explosion  death  asbestos  explosives 
4 weeks ago by dchas
The EPA Suggested We Change Our Rating on an Asbestos Story. Here’s Why We Declined.
On 11 June 2018, published a fact check titled “Is the EPA Allowing for the Approval of New Asbestos-Containing Products?” In that article, we rated the claim that “the Environmental Protection Agency will allow new asbestos products to enter the market” as “mostly true,” based on the fact that the EPA had proposed a new rule for asbestos that would (at first) block some currently unregulated but inactive uses of asbestos while (later) providing a framework for those unregulated uses’ formal approval should they pass a safety review.

Their proposed methodology for assessing that safety, many scientists have argued, may not accurately account for the health risks of those potential uses, increasing the likelihood that the safety review currently being undertaken by the EPA could end in these unregulated uses’ official approval. This logic informed our rating. On 24 August 2018, the EPA Office of Media Relations reached out to Snopes to suggest that this conclusion was in error and that the rating of “mostly true” should in fact be “false.” The agency’s objections generally center on two factual assertions:
public  discovery  environmental  asbestos 
6 weeks ago by dchas
The US EA is now allowing asbestos back into manufacturing • Archpaper
Sydney Franklin:
<p>According to Fast Company, the EPA’s recently released report detailing its new framework for evaluating the risk of its top prioritized substances states that the agency will “no longer consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments.” 

This news comes after the EPA reviewed its first batch of 10 chemicals under the 2016 amendment to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which requires the agency to continually reevaluate hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals in lieu of removing them from the market or placing new restrictions on their use. The SNUR greenlights companies to use toxic chemicals like asbestos without consideration about how they will endanger people who are indirectly in contact with them. 

Asbestos was widely used in building insulation up until it was completely banned in most countries in the 1970s. The U.S. severely restricted its use without completely outlawing it. As Fast Company covered, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) revealed in April that asbestos-related deaths now total nearly 40,000 annually, with lung cancer and mesothelioma being the most common illnesses in association with the toxin.</p>

So "no longer consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments": doesn't that mean completely ignoring any effects? This is bizarre.
Asbestos  trump 
7 weeks ago by charlesarthur
15 N Park St NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544
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9 weeks ago by mattsaler
EPA ❤️ asbestos
The gradual dismantlement of all government functions
epa  asbestos  cancer  trump  health  politics  regulation  corruption 
10 weeks ago by nelson
After NYC steam pipe explosion, Fifth Avenue slowly returns to normal
Following the steam pipe explosion last Thursday that left a large part of the Flatiron District in chaos, things are slowly returning to normal.

In the immediate aftermath of the explosion—the cause of which has yet to be determined—several blocks near the “hot zone” at 21st Street and Fifth Avenue were closed to traffic, pedestrians, and residents and workers in the surrounding buildings. The city’s Office of Emergency Management announced on Sunday night that 18th, 19th, and 22nd streets are now open, and Fifth Avenue is now open to bus traffic. (That said, “buses are bypassing all stops between 18th and 23rd Streets along 5th Avenue,” according to OEM.)

But the area right around the explosion, at 20th and 21st streets, remains closed off; OEM has not yet given a time frame for when those streets might reopen.

OEM, the FDNY, and Con Edison (which controls the city’s steam system) are also working on stemming the threat of asbestos contamination from the explosion. The city confirmed on Friday that the poisonous chemical was present in the steam main, leading to the evacuation of several dozen buildings in the area. As of Sunday night, nine of those buildings have been cleared for entry, according to OEM; more are still in the process of being power-washed and decontaminated.
us_NY  public  follow-up  environmental  asbestos 
12 weeks ago by dchas
Steam Pipe Explosion Spewed Asbestos Into Flatiron District: Gothamist
An steam pipe explosion at Fifth Avenue and 21st Street in Manhattan sent clouds of vapor into the air this morning around 6:30 a.m., and caused over two dozen nearby buildings to be evacuated. Five minor injuries have been reported.
While the source of the explosion is still under investigation, city officials say the pipe was lined with asbestos. Those in the area at the time of the blast are encouraged by Con Edison to bag their clothes and shower; the FDNY has already decontaminated 100 first responders a few blocks from the scene.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown. At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio said it will be a few days before residents of the affected area can return. According to the mayor, there had not been any recent work done around the site.
us_NY  public  explosion  response  asbestos 
july 2018 by dchas

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