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Report: EPA's school asbestos program often inactive

Despite the danger that asbestos can pose to students, teachers and other workers in Louisville and across the country, a national program to monitor the substance in schools is significantly underfunded. According to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general, the school asbestos program is considered to be a low priority. Only one out of the 10 national EPA regions has a strategy to manage the dangers posed by asbestos in schools. Of all inspections conducted between 2011 and 2015, the federal program sponsored only 13 percent while states were responsible for 87 percent of school asbestos inspections.

Does gender have an impact on mesothelioma?

When the doctors diagnose you with mesothelioma, they determine your survival rate and what treatment you need using several factors. They could figure it out by your age, medical history, how long you have had the disease and various other conditions. It plays a large role into whether you require simple surgery or periods of chemotherapy.

Company sued for alleged asbestos exposure

Some people in Louisville may be following the trial in which Johnson & Johnson is defending against a woman's claim that the talc in their baby powder caused her mesothelioma. On Sept. 4, her attorneys introduced an email from 2000 in which the now-deceased regulatory affairs manager with Luzenac America talked about how to increase confusion about whether or not talc was a carcinogen. The company mined talc and was later bought out by another company that is a co-defendant.

Why it may be time to worry about asbestos exposure again

For many years, it wasn't uncommon for asbestos, a material known for its high heat resistance capabilities, to be used in various residential and commercial structures in Louisville, many other parts of Kentucky and throughout the rest of the United States. Since asbestos fibers have also been linked to serious and potentially fatal respiratory diseases, this material has been severely restricted or widely banned in many countries. However, a new EPA rule could alter some of the existing limitations in place that govern how asbestos can be used.

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