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March 31, 2017 Redevelopment of Carrie Furnaces; Asbestos Still Hidden

Located between Rankin and Swissvale, the Carrie Furnace was a blast furnace built in 1881 that during its peak produced 1,000 to 1,250 tons of iron per day. Forty years after their two remaining blast furnaces operated, the site is getting ready to be redeveloped – a plan than has been in the works for nearly a decade.Today, all that is left of the site are blast furnaces No. 6 and No. 7 and subsequent engine house, storage building, bridge, and bins in the stock yard. The remnants of the Carrie Furnace site is considered to be a historical landmark...

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Asbestosis Can Lead to Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma

Asbestosis, while not a cancerous condition, is serious and potentially life-threatening chronic disease that is caused by breathing in asbestos fibers. A person who has been diagnosed with asbestosis has a much higher chance of developing lung cancer or pleural mesothelioma, a fatal cancer affecting the lining of the lungs. While not all asbestosis cases will progress to cancer, asbestosis can be a strong indicator that asbestos exposure was a factor in the development of a malignancy.Similar to mesothelioma, in asbestosis, asbestos fibers make their way to the lungs and become embedded in the inner tissue. The tissue then scars...

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Call Your State Senators to Oppose the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act

A new bill was approved by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee that could damage the asbestos claims process and prevent victims of asbestos-related diseases from ever seeing any sort of monetary compensation before they pass. The legislation is “H.R. 906” and is referred to as the “Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act”.This national legislation pending will negatively affect your asbestos claim. This legislation helps the asbestos industry in delaying and denying compensation to asbestos victims dying of asbestos disease and threatens the privacy of asbestos victims and their families.  It is incredibly important that you contact your Senators for your...

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The SAIAC Asbestos Cartel Controlled Much More Than Just Profits

The use of asbestos throughout the world came to prominence in the 20th century and since then has not only cost thousands of individuals their lives, but has had a significant impact on the environment. The known dangers of asbestos such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis date back to the 1920s and 1930s, but widespread knowledge about this carcinogen did not happen until decades later, particularly in the EU. Part of the blame in this delay in action in Europe can be traced back to four prominent and influential families of the industry: The Hatshceks, the Schmidheinys, the Emsens,...

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Despite Asbestos Regulations, CDC Reports Increase in Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is specifically caused by asbestos exposure. The cancer affects the lining surrounding various organs and cavities within the body called the mesothelium. Asbestos fibers, which are nearly invisible, sharp, and easily inhaled, become embedded in this soft tissue. The body is unable to break down or expel the fibers, resulting in damage and scarring to this protective lining that surrounds the organs.Approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year and even though it is a rare cancer, mesothelioma is aggressive, and with no known cure, the average life expectancy once one is...

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