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EPA Nominee Pruitt Refused to Promise Asbestos Ban

Alex Formuzis | Posted 01.31.2017 | Green
Alex Formuzis

Asbestos-triggered diseases kill up to 15,000 Americans each year, and since its introduction in the 1930s this notorious carcinogen has devastated hu...

Renovation Boom Revives A Deadly Demon For Massachusetts Workers

Beth Daley | Posted 12.20.2016 | Business
Beth Daley

By Beth Daley, Martha Bebinger and Colby Burdick This story was produced in collaboration with WBUR Public Radio and The Eye. Demolition worker Henry ...

EPA Confirms Priority Action For Deadly Asbestos, Protecting Against Derailment From Trump Administration

Linda Reinstein | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics
Linda Reinstein

Asbestos has been killing unwitting Americans for more than a century, but today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a historic step t...

Ban Asbestos Efforts Kick Into Overdrive As Trump Victory Draws Future Of EPA Into Question

Linda Reinstein | Posted 11.14.2016 | Green
Linda Reinstein

Posted on November 9, 2016 We made a landmark step forward in June when reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) empowered the U.S. Environm...

Detroit And The Paradox Of Street Art

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 10.05.2016 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Running through many of the streets fanning from Detroit's' downtown will lead you to a graffiti scene that gave birth to the large murals being celeb...

15 Years Later And The Threat Of Mesothelioma Still Lingers Around WTC Workers

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 09.13.2016 | New York
Stephanie R. Caudle

Although we are now commemorating the 15th anniversary of 9/11, there are still a plethora of effects that are being felt and will continue to be felt over the course of the next few years. One in particular is the deadly carcinogen called asbestos.

Mismanaged Asbestos In US Schools Threatens Millions Of Children And Teachers

Linda Reinstein | Posted 09.01.2016 | Education
Linda Reinstein

Setting your kids up for a successful new school year is no easy feat. Organizing class schedules, meeting new teachers, back to school shopping—the...

Mesothelioma Awareness Is About People, Not Payments

Heather Von St. James | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

It's not about the lawsuits, or the money. Mesothelioma is about the people, the community, the innocent victims. That is why I fight for awareness and a ban on asbestos. For the people: my people.

Asbestos Industry Covered Up Danger for Decades, and Evades Responsibility Today

Alex Formuzis | Posted 06.06.2016 | Green
Alex Formuzis

The asbestos industry was well aware that asbestos was deadly. Yet, the companies that mined asbestos, and those that exposed workers, military personnel and consumers to it, and their insurers kept what they knew secret for decades -- endangering hundreds of thousands of Americans; many of whom perished as a result.

Comedy vs. Cancer: Quincy Jones' HBO Comedy Special Embodies the Message of National Cancer Survivors Day

Linda Reinstein | Posted 06.03.2016 | Entertainment
Linda Reinstein

Quincy Jones doesn't look sick. Watching the 32-year-old comedian confidently command a stage, you wouldn't know that he's entering his eleventh month...

On Mother's Day, Give Moms What They Really Want: Protect Our Kids from Toxic Chemicals

Linda Reinstein | Posted 05.06.2016 | Green
Linda Reinstein

Congress may not be able to give us "pre-baby sleep," but they can help us sleep more soundly by restoring our trust that the government is working to protect our families from toxic chemicals.

Exposure to Asbestos Killed My Husband And Is a Threat to Other Workers

Linda Reinstein | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Linda Reinstein

Thirty-one years ago, life was perfect. Alan and I watched the sunset as we finalized our wedding arrangements for April 28th. That night, I smiled as I thought about Alan lifting my wedding veil over my eyes, embracing me, and beginning our new life together. Our time together was cut grievously short.

The Power of Change: Leveraging Technology and Partnerships

Linda Reinstein | Posted 04.20.2016 | Technology
Linda Reinstein

When I cofounded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) I learned quickly that it would take decades to prevent asbestos exposure and elim...

Preventing Cancer Through Laughter, Awareness, and Grassroots Action

Linda Reinstein | Posted 04.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Reinstein

If you were given the chance to fulfill one wish before you died, what would you do? Would you tackle a career goal, or maybe meet a celebrity? Would you do something that had a lasting impact on the world, or make people laugh and smile?

Why Is This Dangerous Carcinogen Still Legal in the U.S.?

Linda Reinstein | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Linda Reinstein

No April Fools joke here. Asbestos -- a known human carcinogen -- has not been banned and is still legal in the United States.

A Sad Truth for Veterans: Asbestos and the 'Political Pawns'

Sara Warner | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Sara Warner

Every year, hundreds or even thousands of American veterans who thought they survived military service discover that they were wrong; exposure to asbestos was a mortal wound that took decades to surface, evolving into the much-advertised mesothelioma, a terminal cancer.

A 'Cancer Moonshot' Can Start Now With Action On Asbestos

Raja Flores, MD | Posted 02.12.2017 | Politics
Raja Flores, MD

The debate over the health risks caused by the deadly fiber has long since ended, yet it remains legal and is still imported and used in a number of industries and products today.

Make Your Home Healthier in 2016

Dorit Sasson | Posted 01.15.2017 | HuffPost Home
Dorit Sasson

You've heard of New Year's health resolutions, but is your home making you sick? Doing your part to protect your home means reducing the exposure to toxins, pesticides, gases, mites and mold.

2016 Civil Courts Issues 'Hung Over' From 2015

Sara Warner | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Sara Warner

It can be humbling, during this season of next-year predictions, to objectively evaluate how accurate my forecasting was for 2015. Wins one and two come as immigration courts and civil forfeiture surely advanced in 2015 awareness.

House Will Vote on Bill That Would Expose Many Americans to Online ID Theft

Alex Formuzis | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

The bill, pushed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and corporations including Koch Industries and Honeywell International, would force the online disclosure of sensitive personal information of sick and dying asbestos victims seeking compensation for their illnesses.

Asbestos at School: Is THAT What Your Child Is Breathing?

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 12.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Claire L. Barnett

According to their report, many of the reporting states could not answer the simplest question: that despite the old bans on asbestos, how many public schools continue to struggle with asbestos-containing materials?

Will Sheldon Silver's Conviction Tip Course Of Asbestos Litigation? It Might.

Sara Warner | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
Sara Warner

Even before a federal jury in New York found former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty on all seven corruption charges this week, it was clear that the weeks-long trial and its sordid details of how politics really work in New York would resonate well beyond its verdicts.

What To Do About Pennsylvania's Asbestos Problem

Alex Formuzis | Posted 11.19.2016 | Green
Alex Formuzis

The deck is stacked against residents of Pennsylvania who are or will become sick from asbestos disease.

Industry Spins the Revolving Door: Ben Quayle to Lobby on Asbestos Bill He Authored

Alex Formuzis | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

Ben Quayle, who during his one House term authored legislation to delay or deny compensation to sick and dying asbestos victims, has been hired to lobby for -- you guessed it -- legislation to delay or deny compensation to sick and dying asbestos victims.

U.S. Chamber-Backed Bill Bashed by Chamber Audience

Alex Formuzis | Posted 10.29.2016 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform just devoted much of an entire day bemoaning the proliferation of breaches of Americans' personal data.