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February 20, 2006 | Michael Hiltzik
"It was beautiful," Terry McCann told me. "It would come down like silver, a silvery snow." The retired Orange County business executive and 1960 Olympic gold-medal wrestler was describing the dust that filled the air of the Oklahoma refinery site where he worked in 1957 and 1958. It would settle on his face, his hair, his clothes, sting his eyes, fill his lungs. This floating, glittering nuisance was asbestos.
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OPINION
December 28, 2003
Re "Leisure World in Asbestos Cleanup Dispute," Nov. 25: Your story on the Leisure World protest of the money charged residents to clean up asbestos in their units, in a building that belongs to the Mutual Corp., was an eye-opener. In Leisure World we make monthly payments to Mutual and the Golden Rain Foundation so they can maintain the community and buildings. Included in these payments is the money for insurance premiums and deductibles. We are told when we move in that we are not buying an apartment or real estate, just the right to occupy a unit owned by the corporation.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2003 | From Reuters
Legislation aimed at curbing asbestos lawsuits has been introduced in the Senate just days after a call for action by the American Bar Assn., a senator's spokeswoman said. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Don Nickles (R-Okla.) introduced the bill. It would limit asbestos-related personal injury claims by setting medical criteria, among other measures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Oak Ridge High School classrooms in El Dorado Hills will be tested again for asbestos because previous sampling couldn't pick up the most toxic form of the fibrous mineral, federal officials said. Health officials worry that recent construction on nearby soccer fields released asbestos fibers into the air, including a rare and particularly hazardous type of asbestos called tremolite. Asbestos fibers can lodge deep in the lungs and cause cancer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1991 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of an asphalt paving company was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of illegally storing, transporting and dumping 4 tons of asbestos--one of the largest dumping incidents in the state involving the known carcinogen, fire officials said. Henry W. Sprague III, 44, of Long Beach was arrested at his company, Olympic Asphalt, at 13832 Newhope St. in Garden Grove. His firm allegedly dumped the highly concentrated asbestos at the Port of Long Beach, Division Fire Chief Jerry Halberstadt said.
NEWS
January 19, 1990 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Widespread removal of asbestos from U.S. schools and buildings poses greater health risks than just leaving the material in place, according to a comprehensive study attacking the nation's asbestos-removal policy and published in the journal Science today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1990
Calling improper building demolitions a major source of airborne asbestos, Los Angeles city prosecutors Thursday filed three criminal complaints accusing building owners and contractors of asbestos violations at demolition sites in Van Nuys and Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1987
A $79-million expansion of the Beverly Hills Civic Center has been delayed after officials discovered asbestos in the city library. Renovation of the library will be put off until the end of November while workers remove asbestos from air ducts in the building, said Rick Putnam, director of public services for the city. The asbestos never posed a threat to patrons of the library but could be dangerous to workers renovating the facility, he said.
NEWS
February 5, 1988 | DOUGLAS SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
A new legislative report on asbestos released Thursday says that $1 billion will be spent removing the dangerous material from buildings in California but warned that the work will be completed with few safeguards to protect workers and the public. "Over 70% of the removal work in California is not inspected by a public agency, consequently, there is a high likelihood that much of this unchecked work is not done safely," said the report, prepared by the Assembly Office of Research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1990 | TERRY SPENCER
The last traces of asbestos in areas accessible to employees has been removed from Capistrano Unified School District buildings, officials said. Penhall Environmental Services recently completed removing the asbestos from six elementary schools--Del Obispo, Crown Valley, Las Palmas, Ole Hanson, Palisades and San Juan--and San Clemente High School at a cost of $44,520.
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