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French officials call for ban of Allergan texture breast implants

French health regulators are calling for a ban of Allergan’s textured breast implants, and cautioning doctors and patients about texture implants from other manufacturers. The implants are associated with an increased risk for a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Textured implants makeup about 85 percent of the implants used for cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgeries in France. The National Agency for Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) recommendation comes after two days of testimony during a public hearing about the safety concerns with the breast implants, and days after the U.S. Food ... 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

Amazon Prime Cargo Plane Crash Kills 3

A Boeing 767-300 cargo plane operated by Atlas Air on behalf of Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Air crashed last weekend killing the three crew members who were on board including Capt. Sean Archuleta of Houston, First Officer Conrad Jules Aska of Antigua and Capt. Ricky Blakely of Indiana. The plane was en route from Miami when it crashed near Anahuac, Texas, approximately 40 miles southeast of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Video from a nearby jail recorded the last few seconds of the fatal flight. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash, and its chairman, Robert Sumwalt, confirmed ... Read More

Birmingham Water Works Chemical Release Sickens Dozens

An accidental chemical release at a Birmingham Water Works facility in Alabama sent dozens of workers to the hospital Wednesday morning and prompted a “shelter in place” warning for residents of the surrounding communities. The accident occurred at the Birmingham Water Works’ Shades Mountain water filtration plant when two chemicals used in the water treatment process, sodium hypochlorite and ferric sulfate, were accidentally mixed, creating what Birmingham Fire & Rescue described as a “hazmat release.” According to Birmingham Water Works, 54 people were taken to Birmingham area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. More than a dozen of the ... 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

Utility contractors fined after fatal explosion

An explosion last July in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, that killed a firefighter was caused by two utility contractors when they failed to establish the location of underground utilities prior to beginning excavation work, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said in a news release. Verizon Wireless had contracted with Bear Communications LLC of Lawrence, Kansas, for a fiber optics project in Sun Prairie. Bear had subcontracted with VC Tech Inc., of Ypsilanti, Michigan. VT Tech’s employees were working in the vicinity of the explosion but had evacuated before the explosion, according to a Bear spokesperson. ... Read More

Texas Food Plant Worker’s Amputation Accident Triggers Lawsuit

A worker who underwent an amputation of two fingers after her hand became mutilated in a food manufacturing machine is suing her employer, a Houston, Texas-based company that manufactures and distributes prepared Indian foods. The plaintiff, Edith Alcantara-Tobar, filed the personal injury lawsuit in a Harris County district court Feb. 14 against Satyam Foods and Snacks, Inc, a wholesale manufacturer and distributor of pani puri and chaat puri. According to the SE Texas Record, Ms. Alcantara-Tobar alleges her supervisor at Satyam Foods told her to clean a pani puri manufacturing machine. While she was cleaning the semi-automatic machine, a band ... Read More