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Asbestos imports into U.S. ‘surging,’ say two NGOs

The amount of cancer-causing asbestos imported into the United States is “surging” when it should be banned, say two non-governmental organizations, “a major indicator that industry is not concerned about President Trump and the EPA taking any steps to ban or even reduce the use and import of asbestos.” More than 550 metric tons of asbestos has been imported into the U.S. so far this year, up from 340 tons in all of 2017, according to data from the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce, and published by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the Environmental ... Read More

Bayer to defend Roundup cancer claims ‘by every means available’

Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto earlier this year, promised to defend itself “by every means available,” against mounting lawsuits that allege Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup causes cancer. Bayer Chief Executive Officer Werner Baumann made the promise last month after a California state judge upheld a jury’s verdict that the herbicide’s active ingredient glyphosate contributed to a school groundskeeper’s terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. Bayer’s $63 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co., boosted the company’s crop science division by 84 percent last quarter, and its adjusted earnings increased about $2.47 billion, beating analysts’ estimates. Baumann says it fully expects the company to meet ... Read More

BP oil spill cleanup workers sue for compensation for related illnesses

In the months following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico during what became known as the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, Walter Castro was measuring air quality on the impacted beaches, inhaling chemical fumes for weeks on end that on occasions was so strong it irritated his skin, burned his eyes, and even made him and his boat crew shake violently and become ill. Castro requested personal protective equipment like respirators, but the company refused to give him any. Instead, BP instructed ... Read More

Second mistrial in case alleging J&J talc caused rare cancer

The second jury charged with deciding whether Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products were tainted with asbestos and caused a woman’s rare cancer, ended in a deadlock. The news rang eerily similar to the first trial in the case of the late Bertila Boyd-Bostic. It ended in May with a hung jury as well. Boyd-Bostic and her surviving husband and former law partner, Antoine Bostic, brought the case against Johnson & Johnson shortly after Boyd-Bostic was diagnosed with mesothelioma in the spring of 2017. She died October 2017. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer is caused by asbestos exposure. ... Read More

Man faces fines, permanent injunction for burning trailers containing asbestos

An Iowa man is facing steep fines and a permanent injunction from the state’s attorney general’s office for allegedly burning trailer homes on his property that contained cancer-causing asbestos and violating regulations on asbestos disposal, burning without a permit, and open dumping. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources against Joel G. Thys, of Belle Plaine, in the Iowa District Court in Benton County. Thys faces fines of up to $15,000 per day for allegedly creating a 20-foot burn pile consisting of trees and five trailer homes on his property, which was near a ... Read More

Supreme Court allows climate change lawsuit to proceed

A group of young people suing the U.S. government over climate change can have their day in court, the Supreme Court ruled. The case was put on hold last month just before it was slated to go to trial in late October in a federal district court in Eugene, Oregon. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the case. The landmark lawsuit was brought by 21 people ranging in age from 11 to 22 who say the federal government violated their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by failing to protect them against climate change. Specifically, the ... Read More

Goshen residents file lawsuit over building demolition

A group of 56 Goshen, Indiana, residents have filed a lawsuit against Johnson Controls alleging the demolition of its facility in the town exposed them and their properties to cancer-causing asbestos, and that tons of asbestos-contaminated debris was illegally buried in a farm just east of town. The lawsuit was filed last month in Elkhart County Circuit Court in Indiana, and names Johnson Controls Inc., (JCI) and TOCON Holdins LLC., which bought the building from Johnson Controls in 2007. First Federal Savings Bank (FFSB) of Huntington is also named as a defendant in the case because it holds the mortgage ... Read More

Sick, elderly couple denied expedited Roundup trial

A California judge ruled this week that an elderly couple, each with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, were not sick enough to warrant having their case heard before other plaintiffs suing Monsanto over claims that its weed killers cause cancer. Alva, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, 74, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 and 2015, respectively. They claim that they developed cancer after years of using Monsanto’s Roundup on their garden. Their attorney argued that the couple deserved an expedited trial date for fear they might relapse and their health decline due to their cancers. A joint trial was requested for January or ... Read More

Some farmers cautious about Roundup after multimillion-dollar verdict

Some Missouri farmers are taking more precautions while using the herbicide Roundup since a California jury awarded a school groundskeeper $289 million after finding that the weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer diagnosis. Some privately told KCTV5 that for decades they believed Roundup was as safe as table salt so they didn’t take precautions. Farmer Jeff Nail says he now wears long sleeves and gloves when he treats his fields. “I’ve been soaked a lot on accident,” he said. “But, if you use it, according to the label, there is no risk of cancer. That’s according to the EPA.” ... Read More

German Shipping Co Pays $3.2 Million Criminal Fine for Oil Dumping

A German shipping company must pay a $3.2 million criminal fine to resolve charges stemming from its deliberate dumping of oil waste in U.S. waters and maintaining false records, a federal judge in Maine decided. MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and for maintaining false official records to conceal the deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Nov. 2 announcement stated. Federal prosecutors said the German shipping company violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructed justice with its falsified log ... Read More