August 1, 1988
Hundreds of homeless people in the Bay Area have been hired over the last three years to remove asbestos from California buildings, according to the Oakland Tribune. At least four contractors have made a practice of using destitute people for the hazardous work, the paper said, and those who did the work claimed they were not told of the dangers or given protection. Ingestion of asbestos fibers can cause cancer.
December 10, 2002 |
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Virginia court order that consolidated about 1,300 asbestos product-liability claims into one trial. One defendant, privately held Hopeman Bros. Inc. of Waynesboro, Va., appealed, arguing that a single mass trial would be unfair and would violate constitutional due process rights. The high court rejected the appeal without comment.
March 18, 1987 |
President Reagan signed a resolution Tuesday clearing the way for distribution of $47.5 million to help needy school districts remove asbestos from buildings. The Administration had maintained that federal assistance was no longer needed, but both houses of Congress passed the resolution urging prompt distribution of the funds. The money was contained in legislation signed by Reagan last year setting standards for removal of asbestos.
April 6, 2005 |
A group of insurance companies have rescinded their backing for Senate legislation that would end asbestos liability lawsuits in exchange for a trust fund to benefit victims, but other business groups moved quickly Tuesday to restate their support for a compromise trust fund bill. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said the decision by a group of 15 insurers would not scuttle Senate attempts to find a bipartisan compromise. "I am confident we will have a bill," Frist said.
November 2, 1996 |
In a case likely to set new rules governing huge class-action lawsuits, the Supreme Court announced Friday that it will consider reviving a $1.3-billion class-action settlement for people suffering from asbestos-related illnesses. The high court said that it will take up a settlement, struck down by the U.S.
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December 24, 1988 |
State health officials on Friday notified about 1,000 families and businesses near a former ceramics plant in Atwater that dangerous asbestos contamination has been found on the site. Officials said the contamination poses no immediate threat to the neighborhood but warned residents to stay away from the Franciscan Ceramics plant, a sprawling complex of crumbling and partly demolished brick buildings on a 45-acre site at 2901 Los Feliz Blvd.
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May 16, 1991 |
The City Council has decided to spend $70,000 in unallocated federal grant money to remove asbestos from a city-owned building that will house the Boys and Girls Club when it reopens later this year. At Tuesday night's meeting, the council voted unanimously to use money left over from 1988 and 1989 Department of Housing and Urban Development grants to renovate the building at 14400 Chestnut St.
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October 22, 1993 |
The removal of vinyl asbestos tiles and glue at the Mount Gleason Middle School library was finished this week, clearing the way to rebuild the library damaged by a fire two years ago, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said Thursday. The school has had no library for most of those two years, but in April an unused shop room was converted into a temporary library with books and equipment donated through the Sunland-Tujunga Coordinating Council.
February 20, 2006 |
"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.
May 9, 2009 |
A federal jury on Friday acquitted W.R. Grace & Co. and three of its former officials of charges that they knowingly exposed residents of Libby, Mont., to asbestos poisoning associated with a mining operation and conspired to hide it. The verdict brings to an ignominious end one of the most significant criminal prosecutions the government had ever filed against a corporate polluter.