Skip to comments.The science of asbestos: Conflicting definitions
Posted on 09/26/2011 1:22:49 PM PDT by Miami Vice
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Asbestos litigation has become a multibillion-dollar industry -- bankrupting large corporations, enriching lawyers and courts and providing much needed relief to victims of the deadly diseases that exposure to some types asbestos in specific amounts will cause.
Asbestos has been called by U.S. Rep. Trent Franks "the worst occupational health disaster in U.S. history." But Franks, R-Ariz., condemned much of the legal process of those who are suing to recover damages caused by some of these substances.
There is much about asbestos that is unknown. It is not all settled science. There is general scientific concurrence about some characteristics of the pathogenic nature of some forms of the substance - controversy about the pathogenic of other forms.
Indeed, one of the preeminent researchers of mesothelioma, Professor Michele Carbone of the University of Hawaii expressed dismay about the subject.
He said, "When I first heard ....
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The ambulance chasers even buy time on local radio.
Don? Don Johnson? never mind, great show though..
Asbestos is like cholesterol; there are all different kinds, and most of them aren’t bad for you, but that matters naught.
Thanks for the post. I’ve been skeptical about all this “asbestos” litigation since the 90s after reading “Environmental Overkill” by Dixy Lee Ray. The shyster “lawyers” love it that the morons on the “juries” are clueless when it comes to asbestos and throw other people’s money around like it’s Monopoly play money.
Asbestos litigation has been one of the most fraudulent imaginable enterprises in most of our lifetimes.
Had asbestos not been outlawed the World Trade
Center would not have collapsed.
Well, not really but I bet that claim is coming soon...
Do you have a link handy? I remember reading an analysis stating this.
Just out of curiosity, why isn’t all of Southern Quebec dying of mesothelioma?
The same could be said of Sicily.
I worked at Johns-Mansville before
Carter and the Trial Lawyers bankrupted JM.
I worked at Johns-Mansville before
Your welcome. But thank the people at Legal Line News.com. They are the ones who wrote and published it.
All I know is I come from a long line of boiler mechanics who worked with asbestos everyday(myself included) and no one in my family has ever had any lung issues...except a grandma that never was a boiler mechanic and never exposed to asbestos.
So I have no idea how to get asbestosis. If anyone should get it, it should be me or my relatives.
Asbestos in Schools became a big EPA issue years ago, and a ton of money was spent on abatement.
Now, when this was occurring, I asked the Head of the Department handling the Asbestos in Schools Abatement Program at the EPA, about the following:
The concern was that asbestos that was ‘friable’ would be released into the air, and inhaled by the ‘children’ causing asbestosis (though it wasn’t called that at the time). Most of the asbestos in schools was in places where it would never be even touched , little lone disturbed enough to break it into tiny particles and release into the air.
Automobiles at the time all had ASBESTOS BRAKE PADS. This asbestos was being ground into the TINIEST PARTICLES which were dispersed INTO THE AIR , every day, 24 hours a day. The public has been breathing in this air, filled with asbestos DUST, for at least 75 years. This DUST was a form that was the most dangerous, as it was the easiest to INHALE and ABUNDANT, and ADULTS as well as CHILDREN were constantly in CLOSE PROXIMITY to it whenever they were in a car or anywhere near moving autos (which pretty much means 100% of the time).
SO.... I asked him why the EPA wasn’t coming down on the AUTO INDUSTRY to force them to remove one of the MOST DANGEROUS sources of ASBESTOS particles.
He said, because it would cost the AUTO INDUSTRY TOO MUCH, and they had plenty of PULL in the government to keep it from being brought up as an issue.
Schools were the easiest target, and the easiest to convince the public to lay out TAXPAYER MONEY to resolve, even though in most cases, there was no danger of ‘release’ of asbestos whatsoever.
If it were TRUE that the asbestos DUST would CAUSE lung cancer (or asbestosis), then we would all have it by now.