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After 12-year asbestos cleanup, town tries to move on (2)

Last week, we wrote about the ongoing asbestos cleanup process in Libby, Montana, and what seemed to be a major milestone in the ongoing battle to clean up the town and protect residents from additional harm: the reopening of a public park. But in the wake of that feat, environmental experts have questioned whether Riverfront Park is truly cleared of asbestos or whether it continues to place residents of the embattled town at risk.

After 12-year asbestos cleanup, town tries to move on (1)

For most U.S. cities, a wedding in a public park is a common occurrence. But for the town of Libby, Montana, a recent wedding in the newly-renovated Riverfront Park marked a major milestone for the town and its residents. It was one of the first events held in the park following more than a decade of illness, stress and hard work as a result of the mass asbestos contamination that has plagued the town for years.

U.S. government reaches settlement in asbestos cleanup lawsuit

The federal government has reportedly reached a settlement with a residential development association in connection with the cleanup of asbestos left on the site by the government in the 1940s. Under the settlement, the government has agreed to pay $500,000 to the development, which will go to refund the costs of investigating and remedying the asbestos issue.

Additional asbestos lawsuits filed against railroad company

Three former employees of BNSF Railways and the widow of a fourth have filed lawsuits against the railroad company, claiming that they were exposed to asbestos during the course of their employment, causing them to suffer irreversible damage to their health. All four employees worked as carmen on BNSF passenger and freight cars, which caused them to contract lung diseases and, in the case of the deceased worker, the colon cancer that would ultimately claim his life.

Do diesel fumes cause lung cancer?

Diesel fumes may have the same carcinogenic properties as asbestos and other similar harmful substances, according to a new release from the World Health Organization. If this is the case, it is not just professional truck drivers who are at an increased risk of contracting lung cancer, but every driver and passenger who travels on streets and highways in Illinois and throughout the country.

Concrete worker awarded $48 million for asbestos injuries

Juries in Illinois and across the country have been returning multi-million dollar verdicts in asbestos-related injury cases. This is in part because of the culpability of companies that exposed workers to asbestos fumes, and also in part because of the severity of illness or injury that has often resulted because such asbestos exposure has taken place.

Students may be at risk from improperly disposed asbestos

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now overseeing the renovation process at a Georgia high school, after parents and nearby residents complained that asbestos was not being properly disposed of, putting students and neighbors at risk of exposure to the deadly fibers.

Improper asbestos disposal leads to criminal charges

Two men are facing criminal charges for allegedly failing to properly dispose of asbestos during the demolition of a New Jersey hospital. Now, they could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the unlawful release of toxic pollutants or any of the other charges filed against them.

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