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Washington man files lawsuit against Monsanto

When Leonard Tierney was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in May 2018, his friend suggested he talk to an attorney. It was his hunch that Tierney’s disease may have been caused by his exposure to the chemical glyphosate in the herbicide Roundup. Tierney started a landscape, construction and maintenance business in 1999, and had employees do most of the construction work. His love was landscaping. He had returned to school to study horticulture, and enjoyed working in his clients’ yards. He swore by Roundup, strapping a backpack-style sprayer on when he treated yards. He remembered how the container would leak from ... Read More

New information about asbestos at daycare raises more questions

The University of Montana posted new information on its website regarding asbestos found in the now-shuttered McGill Hall that housed a day care, but the 84-page document raises even more concerning questions. The document offers details of an asbestos inspection at McGill Hall in 2011, apparently the last time the facility was inspected to see if it contained any materials that contained asbestos and whether those materials were damaged. This may cause the microscopic fibers of asbestos to go airborne, creating a risk for asbestos-related diseases including a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma. The assessment involved testing of surfaces ... Read More

California town bans Roundup around city’s playgrounds

Effective immediately, the town of Lodi, California, will ban the use the weed killer Roundup within 25 feet of the city’s 17 playgrounds in an effort to protect children from possible health hazards of the herbicide’s active ingredient, glyphosate. “State law currently does not allow smoking with 25 feet of a playground, and so we felt that was a good standard, a good number to use for this first step,” said Jeff Hood, Director of the Lodi Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department. The announcement comes six months after a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay a school groundskeeper $289 ... Read More

NGOs file lawsuit to overturn EPA’s refusal to require reporting on asbestos

Six NGOs (non-governmental organizations) asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California this week to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) denial of its petition for the agency to close a reporting loophole so that imports of and domestic uses of the carcinogen asbestos are reported, including reporting on consumer products containing asbestos-containing talc. “This will maximize EPA’s ability to use the information reported to conduct the ongoing asbestos risk evaluation and the subsequent risk management,” the organizations said in their Right to Know Petition, which was originally flied Sept. 25, 2018 under section 21 of the ... Read More

Researcher ‘convinced’ Roundup weed killer causes cancer

A University of Washington researcher said she is “convinced” that the active ingredient glyphosate in the commonly used weed killer Roundup can cause cancer after conducting an analysis with colleagues on the chemical. Lianne Sheppard, senior author and professor of biostatistics and environmental and occupational health sciences, said she and colleagues found a “compelling link” between people with the “highest exposure” to glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system. “All of the meta-analysis conducted to date, including our own, consistently report the same key finding; exposure to GBHs (glyphosate-based herbicides) ... Read More

Wyoming man blames Roundup for his lymphoma diagnosis

A Wyoming man is suing Monsanto alleging the agrochemical company’s Roundup weed killer contributed to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) diagnosis. The federal lawsuit comes just six months after Monsanto was ordered by a California jury to pay a school groundskeeper $289 million after finding his exposure to glyphosate in Roundup was the cause of his terminal NHL. (Monsanto appealed and the award was reduced to $78 million.) The recent lawsuit involves the case of Jace Florquist, and is one of more than 8,000 filed against Monsanto alleging a link between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, and NHL. According to ... Read More

San Diego firefighters exposed to asbestos for decades at training facility

Buildings regularly burned to train San Diego firefighters for more than a decade contained asbestos and lead in the floors, walls, and ceilings, and put thousands of firefighters at risk for serious injuries. Now the city is being blamed for not protecting its first responders who trained at the San Diego Fire Academy at the former Naval Training Center (NTC) near the San Diego International Airport. The facility was converted to a training facility for firefighters more than 20 years ago. The department was aware for at least two decades that the buildings firefighters crawled through and dragged heavy equipment ... Read More

Grand Canyon museum guests, employees exposed to radiation for years

Anyone who visited the Grand Canyon Collections Building between 2000 and June 18, 2018, was exposed to radioactive uranium at levels 400 t0 4,000 times greater than those considered safe by Nuclear Regulatory Commission standards, a National Park Service manager told National Park employees and health officials earlier this month. Elston “Swede” Stephenson, the park’s safety, health and wellness manager, sent the email to fellow employees and, a week later, to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall, saying he had repeatedly asked National Park executives to inform the public of the exposure and the potential ... Read More

New study finds ‘compelling’ link between Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma

People exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup, have a 41 percent increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), according to a new analysis published in the journal Mutation Research. “All of the meta-analyses conducted to date, including our own, consistently report the same key finding: exposure to GBHs (glyphosate-based herbicides) are associated with an increased risk of NHL,” the authors wrote in the study. The study, conducted by researchers with the University of Washington, is the most up-to-date analysis of glyphosate and its link to NHL. It incorporates a “2018 study of more ... Read More

Appeals court upholds family’s $14 million asbestos award

The $14 million award given to the family of a man who died from a disease caused by asbestos exposure was upheld this week by a South Carolina appeals court. Dennis Seay had sued Celanese Corp., in September 2013, a month after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He died December 2014. Seay was employed by Daniel Construction Company, which was hired by Celanese. Seay did maintenance and repair work on machinery at a Celanese facility from 1971 to 1980 during which he was exposed to materials containing asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in construction materials until the 1980s, when its ... Read More