“There’s GOLD in them thar hills!” And, apparently, asbestos.
The above image is courtesy of EarthFirstJournal.org in a detailed article regarding the Penokee Hills in Wisconsin in danger of being mined for iron-ore with allegations of a particular type of asbestos nestled snugly in the hills.
The Lake Superior region supplies nearly three-quarters of the nation’s iron ore. 98% of mined iron ore is used in making steel.
The Florida-based GTAC wants to mine the world’s biggest open-pit mine of iron ore, 22 miles and 2 billion tons worth. They are being hotly pushed back by many groups who have concerns for the safety of the workers and the environment. An open-pit mine is different than mine where tunneling into the earth is necessary. With open-pit mines, the precious material is found close to the surface so, rather than tunneling a type of quarry is made where a large open space is left behind once all the material has been extracted. The space is then used as a landfill in many cases.
Imagine turning the beautiful Penokee Hills area into an open pit.
Several notable geologists have determined that there is, in fact, a type of asbestos called grunerite in the area of the proposed mining site. Not just a little bit – large quantities of the asbestos are believed to be there. While GTAC claims that the reports are not true and that the tests have not been taken appropriately, critics believe GTAC is refusing to sample areas known to house grunerite.
The mine was first proposed in 2011 – the fight for this one is going to be hard fought by both sides. Iron ore is a huge industry for us Wisconsonians. Many say that we absolutely need the iron ore industry to grow in order to save our economy. On the other hand, is it worth the risk? Is there asbestos lying deep within those hills? Will the mining of those hills gain us jobs in one area and shut off jobs in other areas?
In March 2013, Wisconsin’s Governor signed a mining reform bill into law which, effectually, made it easier and faster to get a permit for a mine. Interesting, to say the least.
How close are we to recreating a situation like they saw in Libby, Montana? While the area economy boomed because of the mine from 1919-1963, workers were being exposed to asbestos every day.
Either way, asbestos is a dangerous material. Please, be careful when renovating your home or business building. Seek out a certified asbestos removal company to check out the area, for your health!
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization recently announced the keynote speakers and the honorees for the upcoming Asbestos Awareness Conference, Where Knowledge and Action Unite!
The conference will be April 4 through 6, 2014 in Arlington, VA at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.
“As ADAO unveils our 10th annual conference, we are reminded that while we have greatly advanced education, asbestos is still legal and lethal in the United States. More than 31 million tons of asbestos have been used since 1900 and imports continue today. Asbestos is an invisible toxin that kills 30 Americans each day and prevention remains the only cure.” – Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and Co-Founder of ADAO
To register for this very important and exciting event, please follow this link to registration.
Ms. Susan Vento, widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento, who died of mesothelioma in 2000.
- Congressman Henry Waxman
- Dr. David Egilman
- Dr. Ken Takahashi
- The Association Nationale de Défense des Victimes de l’Amiante (ANDEVA)
- Bill Ravanesi
- Congressman Bruce Vento (posthumously)
- Janelle Bedel (posthumously)
- Heather Von St. James
- Lou Williams
Organizers have put together a new event for this year’s conference: an Awards and Recognition Dinner. All are invited to a wonderful dinner to celebrate the conference, enjoy a performance by Jordan Zevon, honor tireless advocates for asbestos victims, and thank the generous conference sponsors.
About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.
One of the easiest ways to cut costs on your home remodeling project is to do parts (or all of it) yourself. Especially if you enjoy doing those projects, it may even amount to a fun couple of weekends.
But, asbestos removal is certainly not one of those projects you would want to undertake on your own just to save a couple of bucks. Not to mention, the time it would take and the materials you would need to buy to do it safely and legally would put you pretty close to the same amount of money you would pay a professional to do it more quickly, more efficiently, and do a better job.
If you think that you have asbestos in your home, have a professional test it. Then, they can advise you as to whether that particular site can be sealed (which is a much safer option) or if it needs to be removed.
Use a knowledgeable contractor who has been in the industry for several years. They know the regulations and laws and they know how to follow them. You can also find more information at the following places: Environmental Protection Agency and National Demolition Association.
Here at Advanced Health & Safety, we care about your health and the health of your family. We understand the need for a budget and we do our best to accommodate yours. Please give us a call before you try to undertake this project all by yourself. We can help!
Your asbestos removal professional is protecting you from asbestos-related diseases when he ever-so-carefully removes those damaging fibers from your building and living areas.
Did you know that the longest running mass-tort in US history comes from those seeking help because of asbestos-related injuries? The very first cases were settled in secrecy – and now we can see what those in the early days were worried about. Damage payments and litigation costs exceeded $70 billion by 2002 to compensate those who were victims of asbestos injuries.
Asbestos removal is a very important part of safe-guarding your health and the health of your employees and loved ones. Between 1982 and 2002, asbestos claims went from 1,000 to 730,000 – that’s the shocking number of people who have been effected … that we know of. How many thousands more have there been?
Borel vs. Fireboard Paper was the ground-breaking case that paved the way for all those negatively effected by asbestos. A young man, Clarence Borel, worked hard to provide for his wife and six children in the shipyards and oil refineries for 30 years handling asbestos-laden materials every single day. When he found that is was hard to breathe accompanied by chest pain, he heard the grievous news – asbestosis was ravaging his lungs.
He took to the courts as a right this country provides. And, he won – but not before his death. The court found the asbestos manufacturer liable for his injuries – the very first time a court had ever done so in such cases. Borel died three years before the decision was handed down.
The injuries sustained by inhaling asbestos fibers do not show up right away – it takes years of repeated exposure. The fibers are too small to be expelled out of the lungs. At the same time, they are very sharp fibers and do much damage while they are lodged in the tissue of the lungs.
If you suspect asbestos in the areas around, please take it seriously and consult with a highly-qualified asbestos removal professional in the Madison, WI area.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like … Asbestos?!?
Yep! Did you know that on the set of famous movies like Wizard of Oz and possibly It’s a Wonderful Life, actors were exposed to asbestos as fake snow? Other every-day-citizens were also exposed by using an asbestos product by the name of “Pure White” for the same purpose – fake snow.
What Happens During Asbestos Removal
First, you should determine if what you are looking at really is asbestos. Have a trust-worthy professional come in to carefully take a sample and have tests run in a reliable lab. Once you know what you are really dealing with, there are a few ways to proceed.
Sometimes, asbestos should be completely removed. If there is a risk that the fibers could drop off into the air to be inhaled, it needs to be removed. But, if it a completely encapsulated occurrence that won’t be disturbed, have a professional make sure it is completely sealed securely and it should be fine. If any demolition will happen in the area, asbestos will need to be removed first.
When you are dealing with an exposed situation, it is imperative that the utmost care be taken to protect individuals working with the asbestos and those nearby. Each member of the removal crew is completely covered by specialized suits and wears specific respirators that protect their lungs against inhalation of the fibers.
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Nearby individuals will need to be evacuated until all asbestos is removed and any dust is completely cleaned up.
The crew will seal off areas of the building to work on, usually doing one manageable piece at a time. This is done to avoid contamination of other areas not effected by the asbestos. Only a class H vacuum cleaner can be used in an asbestos removal project as it has been designed to insure no fibers will be expelled back out into the area. Even a HEPA filter isn’t good enough for this job.
Disposal of the removed asbestos is typically wrapped and taped in special sealing materials and then taken to the landfill as hazardous waste material. Sometimes, the asbestos can be recycled into harmless silicate glass.
Call Advanced Health & Safety for all your asbestos removal and asbestos testing needs!! 608-279-0866
Asbestos Floor Tiles and Adhesive
Seems like we’ve been removing asbestos from our homes and other buildings for a long time, doesn’t it?
But, with asbestos having a 3,000 year head-start and still being produced up until the year 2002, it may be a while before we are rid of this stuff for good. There are several different classes of asbestos and they are a naturally occurring substance. Since it is natural, we are all exposed at certain degrees but such small quantities does not pose a risk to most of us.
Asbestos is naturally occurring in rock. The technical term is ultramafic rock – a type of igneous rock and it is often found near fault lines.
The other piece that plays a part in the scenario is that not all installations of asbestos are dangerous. In fact, sometimes, it is more dangerous to remove it than to just leave it be. Asbestos becomes an issue when it can give off dust – the dust is inhaled and settles in the lungs where it causes irritation and disease.
The best thing to do is leave the asbestos alone no matter where you find it. Contact a trusted professional, like Advanced Health & Safety to test and remove it for you carefully and safely.
Give us a call at 608-243-8466.
If you are in the Madison, WI area and you think you have some asbestos in your building that needs to be removed, I would like to give you a little bit more information about asbestos removal.
First things first – if you think you’re looking at some asbestos, please don’t mess with it! Asbestos is only harmful when it creates dust which can be easily inhaled.
Advanced Health and Safety would be happy to perform tests which will determine precisely whether or not you have asbestos.
When asbestos removal is underway, everything needs to be handled with great care. The entire space, sometimes the entire building, will be completely sealed off so that there is no risk of anyone inhaling the harmful dust. Cleanup afterward is imperative to keeping everyone safe. Make sure you hire someone very reliable when you determine who will remove your asbestos.
Call Advanced Health and Safety today! 608-243-8466