Occupational Diseases

Methane Emissions are Worse Than Being Reported

Methane Emissions are Worse Than Being Reported Methane emissions are worse than what is being reported. In 2017 alone, natural gas drillers released 1.1 million tons of methane, which is 16 times the amount they disclosed. Fugitive emissions came from 8,000 unconventional gas wells, totaling 543,000 tons of methane added to the atmosphere while 70,150 […]

Pollution Levels are Decreasing because of COVID-19 Quarantine

Pollution Levels are Decreasing because of COVID-19 Quarantine Human activity has caused different areas around the world to experience large levels of pollution. Burning fuel to get from one place to another and to power different industries has contributed significantly to poor air quality. Now that most people are staying home to stop the spread […]

Global Asbestos Awareness Week: April 1 – April 7, 2020

From April 1 to April 7, 2020, The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is once again kicking off its global campaign of education and awareness about the risks of asbestos exposure and the need for a ban with Global Asbestos Awareness Week.  The event, now in its 16th consecutive year, will focus on different aspects throughout the […]

Man Sentenced for Illegal Asbestos Removal at his Property

Man Sentenced for Illegal Asbestos Removal at his Property The man who illegally removed asbestos at his Westinghouse facility has been sentenced in court. He was sentenced to one month of prison, nine months of house arrest, and three years of probation. The man is a resident of Mt Lebanon and is a commercial and […]

U.S. Steel and Allegheny County Settle Clairton Coke Works Emissions Issues

U.S. Steel and Allegheny County Settle Clairton Coke Works Emissions Issues In December 2018, a fire broke out at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works in the cryogenic gas separation facility, which removes sulfur during coke gas processing. Higher levels of sulfur dioxide were released into the surrounding area, affecting people living in communities nearby. This […]

How Asbestos Trusts Work

How Asbestos Trusts Work To create trusts, asbestos companies filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. This allowed them to reorganize to pay out to asbestos victims. This does not hurt the company, but instead helps protect it from future liability related to asbestos. Companies can pay those suffering from asbestos related diseases over time instead of […]

Sixteen Consecutive Years of Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Sixteen Consecutive Years of Mesothelioma Awareness Day Every September for the past 15 years, Mesothelioma Awareness Day has taken place. This year marks 16 years of the annual autumn event that aims to educate and inform society about the dangers of asbestos exposure and the fatal cancers associated with it. Asbestos was a popular building […]

Lawsuit Alleging BOP Implosion Endangered Lives

Lawsuit Alleging BOP Implosion Endangered Lives The Basic Oxygen Plant in Weirton, West Virginia, once deemed the plant of the future, was demolished by implosion in March. The building was first completed in 1967, and brought basic oxygen steel production, vacuum degassing, and continuous casting together into one operation. Before the plant, the steps were […]

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