Property Damage

Bike Accidents In Pennsylvania Can Be Caused By Driver Negligence

Bike Accidents In Pennsylvania Can Be Caused By Driver Negligence Bicycles and motorcycles are fun and economical means of transportation. However, they offer very little protection from inclement weather and other Pennsylvania motorists. Sharing the road with other motorists is the greatest danger for a cyclist. Despite a decline in recent years of automobile injuries […]

Could Your Home Contain Harmful Asbestos?

Could Your Home Contain Harmful Asbestos?

Could Your Home Contain Harmful Asbestos? Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that naturally forms in rock and soil. Asbestos has been used in various building construction materials for insulation and as a fire retardant because of its fiber strength and heat resistance. In 1989, the EPA banned most asbestos-containing products. However, older homes may still […]

Top Three Sites in Pennsylvania with Asbestos Exposure

Bystander Asbestos Exposure

Top Three Sites in Pennsylvania with Asbestos Exposure According to the Environmental Working Group , between 1999 and 2017, 4,762 deaths were attributed to mesothelioma and asbestos in PA alone. Pennsylvania is ranked 4th in the U.S. for Mesothelioma and asbestos-related deaths. According to the United States Geological Survey , Pennsylvania is the site of […]

Unregulated Natural Gas Wells: Why They are so Dangerous

Unregulated Natural Gas Wells: Why They are so Dangerous Many more Americans than previously estimated are living near very old natural gas storage wells. Some of them are more than a century old and are not designed to prevent leaks. Researchers were able to estimate that 53,000 people and 20,000 homes in only six states […]

Governor Tom Wolf Asked to Look into Fracking and Childhood Cancers

Governor Tom Wolf Asked to Look into Fracking and Childhood Cancers More than 100 organizations and 800 individuals have signed a public letter asking for the State Health Department to investigate shale gas drilling and its potential links to large amounts of childhood cancer. The letter was delivered to Governor Tom Wolf and Dr. Rachel […]

Mon Valley Residents Upset About Fracking Site in Their Community

Mon Valley Residents Upset About Fracking Site in Their Community A proposed fracking site near U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson mill is causing problems for nearby residents. They have written two dozen statements and sent them to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opposing Merrion Oil and Gas drilling a well next to the mill. […]

Asbestos Exposure After A Natural Disaster

Asbestos Exposure After A Natural Disaster Asbestos was a popular building material with widespread use throughout much the of mid-20thcentury. It found its way into millions of homes and by 1980, floor tiles, pipe insulation, block insulation, roofing, ceiling tile, taping compounds, cement, and plasters all contained the deadly carcinogen. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency […]

Toxic Exposures Threaten Superfund Sites

Toxic Exposures Threaten Superfund Sites In 1980, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted in response to a growing numbers of hazardous waste sites that were releasing toxic chemicals and polluting the environment. The program known as Superfund was designed to clean up these hazardous sites by having the responsible parties […]

From Shipyards to Floor Tiles, Asbestos in the Home

From Shipyards to Floor Tiles, Asbestos in the Home Asbestos was a popular building material that dates back thousands of years, but it was not extensively mined until the 19th and 20th centuries, when its versatility became useful throughout the Industrial Revolution and World War II.  Its heat resistant qualities and tensile strength meant that asbestos-containing products […]

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