"Asbestos: Potential cancer hazard in unearthed bedrock"
"Construction in the fast-developing foothills of El Dorado County has been
unearthing and stirring up naturally occurring asbestos."
Series of articles (first published March 29, 1998) in the Sacramento Bee.
Denying damage under corporate capitalism
"How, under capitalism, corporations deny damage, thus perpetuating human illness and
death: Corporate cover-ups worsened the asbestos tragedy" (quoted from introduction
to Air Pollution unit of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point course
Geography 100 - The Physical Environment Under Stress)
Detailed - updated regularly
EPA Asbestos website
"United States Environmental Protection Agency...Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics...
Asbestos Home Page"
"EPA Contacts...Laws and Regulations...Asbestos Links...Publications...
Asbestos in Your Home...Useful Information"
Medical and legal options for mesothelioma (cancer) patients
"An up-to-date survey of medical and legal options for mesothelioma patients,
including medical abstracts, doctor referrals and mesothelioma patient profiles
...We update our website DAILY with current news and medical information.
Our website is widely regarded by asbestos lawyers as "the best" website for
up-to-date medical information."
Malignant Mesothelioma is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in
the sac lining the chest (the pleura) or abdomen (the peritoneum). Most people with
malignant mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they breathed asbestos.
My Notes from the Fourth International Mesothelioma Interest Group Conference, May 13-15, 1997
". . . The "shithole" to which he was referring was in fact owned and operated by the same company who pays him to testify that tremolite is benign and that the plant was clean -- W.R. Grace . . ."
"The Libby whitewash. Ed Ilgren, a W. R. Grace consultant,
spoke about the incidence of disease in Libby, Montana, home of the W. R. Grace/Zonolite Co."
is part of this.
"The jury's logic in awarding $250,000 was because it was proven in court that W. R. G
could have built a change/shower room facility years ago that would have saved a lot
of lives of family members."
dated January 7, 1999
Mesothelioma Online Advice : Your Comprehensive Mesothelioma Research Guide!
Will provide a ". . . FREE Mesothelioma Information Packet that contains Cancer Hospital Locations, Clinical Trials, Hazardous Jobs/ Products, New Treatment Options, Mesothelioma Doctors and Financial Assistance." (the packet received by the alewife.org webmaster in July 2004 contains about 40 pages).
The website includes Mesothelioma news that in July and August 2004 was updated several times a week.
"The website and free information packet is sponsored by: Rod De Llano, Attorney, Houston"
British Asbestos Newsletter
"...a quarterly publication which is distributed to victim support groups, public
bodies, lawyers, solicitors, barristers, researchers, doctors, academics and
environmentalists in over thirty countries
...all stories contribute something towards the understanding of asbestos-related
topics in differing areas: legal, medical, historic, economic, corporate,
Worldwide coverage includes news and links on litigation and medical data,
with a focus on Britain, Europe, and Australia.
The orientation of the newsletter is clear from this quote in Issue 30, Spring 1998
"It will not have escaped our readers' attention that the acronym for the
British Asbestos Newsletter is: BAN. Since the inception of this publication, it has
become increasingly clear that a prohibition on the use and marketing of all forms of
asbestos is essential."
"Contaminated sites where asbestos goods were manufactured and waste was dumped
endure as reminders of the UK's asbestos past."
"... members of the Scowcroft Action Group Committee ... allege that: 'Turners (Brothers
Asbestos) buried asbestos waste on it (the site)' "
"... a former Cape Asbestos employee told a coroner's inquest that forty tons
of asbestos had been buried twelve feet beneath a former Cape Asbestos works."
"some of the houses on the Hart Lane estate are situated on land formerly occupied
by a Cape factory. ... it now seems likely that the bulk of this money" (£700,000)
"will be spent on soil decontamination."
Mesothelioma Facts and Information Newsletter
Litigation on asbestos is included.
"... maintained by a law office with over 25 years experience and an outstanding record
representing people across the United States who are suffering from asbestos-related diseases."
Photographs and descriptions
- people with mesothelioma (cancer) or asbestosis
Photographs and descriptions.
Selections from the book: "Breath Taken: The Landscape & Biography of Asbestos" by Bill Ravanesi
The author's father died of mesothelioma. He has come to some of the Alewife Study Group meetings and is a volunteer at the
Toxics Action Center,
which "trains and assists residents in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and
Maine to wage effective campaigns against stubborn polluters and red tape bureaucracies,
pressuring officials to act to protect our neighborhoods' health and safety".
"Breath Taken, through its inclusion of both contemporary and vintage images, narrative,
industry advertisements, objects, and voice will, I would hope, give the viewer a landscape
of awareness of this human tragedy."