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Concern for environmental issues is not new to Beasley Allen. While serving as Lt. Governor for the State of Alabama, in 1971 the firm’s future Principal & Founder Jere Beasley vowed to take control of pollution laws out of the hands of big utilities and special interest groups, and put it back into the hands of the average citizen.

Protection of people and their property from large corporate polluters is still our top priority. A unique feature of our growing environmental toxic tort practice is the ability to represent a large number of people harmed by damage to their property. Our attorneys are fighting to make a difference in the lives of those threatened by environmental toxins that contaminate waterways, soil and wildlife, endangering human health and life.

European lawmakers allowed to see scientific studies on glyphosate safety

European lawmakers will be given access to scientific studies involving glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup, an E.U. court ruled. The studies were used by the European Food and Safety Agency in order to approve the use of glyphosate, but the agency refused to share the studies with lawmakers over concerns that doing so could harm the commercial interests of companies. The safety of glyphosate has been in question around the world for years. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015 classified the chemical as a probable carcinogen. Last August, ... Read More

3M Water Pollution Pushes Alabama Water Utility to Seek State Loan

A north Alabama water utility still grappling with perfluorinated chemical pollution allegedly caused by the 3M plant in Decatur is asking the state to front $58 million for the construction of an advanced water filtration system. In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) included the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority on its list of 59 water systems nationwide with levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) too high for safe human consumption. The water authority was one of nine water systems deemed unsafe for too-high levels of industrial pollutants stemming from 3M. The WMEL Water Authority acted on ... Read More

FDA promises better oversight of talc-containing cosmetics

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking new steps to protect consumers from dangerous cosmetics. “We’ll soon be working with cosmetics manufacturers and requesting information about what procedures they use to ensure their cosmetics are safe and, in particular, about how they ensure that talc used in any cosmetic product is free from asbestos,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a prepared statement. The agency will investigate how manufacturers source talc and whether they test the raw talc they use and/or their finished products. The agency also aims to know how many cosmetic products contain talc and whether ... Read More

Miami bans use of glyphosate-containing weed killers

Miami, Florida, city commissioners have banned the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup, in an effort to improve water quality and protect public health. “Water quality issues are so important to the city of Miami, and we can be one of the worst polluters as a municipality,” said Commissioner Ken Russell, who sponsored the resolution. “We ask for residents to make a change in their habits and that they be conscious of what they put in their gardens, but when I realized the totality of what the city uses at any given time, ... Read More

Claire’s tween makeup products test positive for asbestos

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use three types of talc-containing makeup marketed to tweens and sold at Claire’s retailers because they tested positive for cancer-causing asbestos. The agency requested the company recall the products but Claire’s refused. Thus, the FDA is urging consumers to be aware of the risks posed by the products and to report any adverse reactions caused by exposure to the products. The Claire’s products that tested positive for asbestos include: Claire’s Eye Shadows – Batch No/Lot No: 08/17 Claire’s Compact Powder – Batch No/Lot No: 07/15 Claire’s Contour Palette – ... Read More

Environmental group urges Cape towns to stop using Roundup

Environmental advocacy group POCCA (protect our Cape Cod Aquifer) is urging all 15 Cape Cod towns to refrain from applying glyphosate-containing herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup in an effort to protect the health of local citizens. “Glyphosate has proven harmful to people as well as bees,” said Laura Kelley, president of POCCA, and a beekeeper. “There are now 15 countries that don’t allow the sale or use of glyphosate products. We’re asking the town to become a leader and to do the right thing by just taking the next step.” Six months ago, the first lawsuit against Bayer AG’s unit Monsanto ... Read More

Canada’s asbestos ban applauded by automotive industry workers

Canadian automobile technicians say Canada’s ban on asbestos, which went into effect Dec. 31, 2018, is a welcome change. “It’s long overdue and it’s quite remarkable how long, politically, it took to make it happen,” said Rick Jamieson, Guelph, Ontario-based president of brake pad manufacturer ABS Friction. “It’s a lot like smoking. People deny the real effects of it until the evidence is overwhelming.” Asbestos is a durable, fire-resistant mineral that was used in a variety of products from insulation to flooring tiles. In the automotive industry, asbestos was most often used in brake pads. ABS Friction products have never ... Read More

Latest Roundup trial currently underway

The first federal trial involving claims that Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup caused cancer is underway in San Francisco, and the outcome may determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. Edwin Hardeman claims he used Roundup on his 56-acre property in Sonoma County from the 1980s until 2012. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015. He claims that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is carcinogenic and contributed to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. Hardeman’s case is one of about 8,000 filed against Monsanto, and the second to be tried. His trial comes six months after a California jury awarded ... Read More

Traces of Roundup weed killer found in beer, wine

Glyphosate, the controversial ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, has been found in 19 out of 20 wine and beer brands tested by public interest group U.S. PRIG, including some brands that claim to be organic. “This chemical could prove a true risk to so many Americans’ health, and they should know that it is everywhere – including many of their favorite drinks,” study author and U.S. PRIG Toxic’s Director Kara Cook-Schultz told USA Today. Sutter Home Merlot had the highest concentration of glyphosate – 51.4 parts per billion (ppb). Tsingtao Beer was a close second with 49.7 ppb. WINE ... Read More

Low-level benzene exposure linked to blood cancers

Low-level ambient exposure to the volatile organic compound benzene is positively associated with the development of myelodysplastic syndrome and T-cell lymphoma, according to a prospective study by the American Cancer Society published online in the International Journal of Cancer. The Cancer Prevention Study II Cohort was designed to evaluate the potential cancer risks of ambient benzene exposure in the general population and involved 115,996 participants, 2,595 of whom had hematologic cancer. The majority of previous studies investigating benzene’s cancer risk involved only workplace benzene exposure. The researchers concluded that “ambient benzene increases risk of MDS and lymphoid malignancies, particularly follicular ... Read More