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December 19, 2018

Asbestos registry demanded for federal public buildings

Tradespeople who say they were unknowingly exposed to asbestos while working in federal buildings say it’s time to develop a registry to let workers know what hazards may be in Canada’s public buildings.

​​Former House of Commons staff electronics technician Hugh Graham is one of a growing number of tradespeople calling for a national public building registry.

Graham worked 18 years on Parliament Hill and has since been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.

Graham, now 80, has pleural plaques, or scarring over his lungs, that wasn’t confirmed until a operation in Ottawa.

An April 2000 report from the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers confirmed Graham was exposed to asbestos during his time on Parliament Hill in the 1980s and 90s.

Government managers learned about the extent of asbestos in the Parliament buildings in a 1988 study, but Graham says he and his colleagues were not warned to take precautions until two years later.

Graham says he knows several people who worked on the Hill who were diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. He and some co-workers took it upon themselves to get checked out by doctors.

Initially, there was no sign of any asbestos-related disease. In Graham’s case, the disease, which has a latency of up to 40 years, was eventually confirmed during an operation in Ottawa.

“The plaque is over both my lungs…it’s also over my diaphragm…it looks like pizza pie, all lumpy and bumpy with scar tissue. That’s what turns into mesothelioma,” said Graham, referring to the asbestos-related cancer.

He says he lives with the possibility that cancer is coming.

“There isn’t a day goes by I don’t think of my condition and asbestos,” said Graham.

NDP calls for national registry

Graham says other countries have public registries that list buildings with asbestos and doesn’t understand why Canada doesn’t have such a registry.

Currently, Saskatchewan is the only province with such a list.

In 2012, the NDP put forth a private member’s bill calling on the Canada Labour Code to be modified to call on the Ministry of Labour to maintain a registry of information about all accidents and occupational diseases at federal buildings, but it did not move past first reading.

In question period on Tuesday, NDP MP and public works critic Pat Martin renewed his party’s call for a registry.

“In the absence of a comprehensive removal program, will the minister of public works at least concede to creating and publishing a national registry of all government buildings that are contaminated with asbestos so the workers in these buildings have at least a fighting chance when they go to work?” asked Martin.

Chris Warkentin, the parliamentary secretary for the minister of public works, did not address the idea of a registry specifically but said the government is committed to making sure workers have access to safe, fair and productive workplaces.

“Our government ensures our workers can refuse any work they believe may be dangerous. Dedicated health and safety officers work diligently on a daily basis to ensure the safety of Canada’s federally regulated workers,” said Warkentin.

Asbestos present in older buildings

Up until the 1990s, buildings in Canada were often constructed with asbestos containing materials — including ductwork, concrete, insulation, ceiling and floor materials.

Denis St. Jean, the national health and safety officer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, says it’s typical for federal buildings across Canada to contain asbestos.

– DATABASE: 16 carcinogens in Canadian workplaces

St. Jean notes this is only a problem when the asbestos is disturbed, which is often the job of the contractor or tradesperson.

“We know these buildings have asbestos. We know they were built in the years where there is high risk of exposure…There should be at least an inventory of how many of these buildings have asbestos,” said St. Jean.

A CBC investigation has revealed that while it is a worker’s right to know the hazards that might be encountered on the job, Ottawa tradesman Denis Lapointe says he had to file access to information requests to learn about the extent of his potential exposure to asbestos.

Complaints across country

Lapointe, Graham and tradespeople in Ottawa are not the only ones who say they were kept in the dark about potential exposure.

Don Garrett, a private contractor in Hope, B.C., recently filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia to settle his outstanding claim over exposure to asbestos while doing a job in a Public Works and Government Services building in B.C. in 2009.

Garrett says he unknowingly exposed himself, his staff members, inmates and correctional officers to asbestos over several days.

“A project in an older building where there’s a chance of having asbestos, there’s a requirement to produce a pre-construction, hazardous materials report and that should have been with the tender package,” he said.

“It wasn’t. I remember writing and asking for that two to three times,” said Garrett. He says he never got it.

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Asbestos-tainted dirt leaves Dania for landfill near Coconut Creek

DANIA BEACHThe delicate task of removing asbestos-tainted dirt from a construction staging area near the airport began Monday.

The first truck rolled out shortly before 3 p.m., headed for Waste Management’s Monarch Hill landfill near Coconut Creek. The entire job could take up to three weeks, said Greg Meyer, spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Cherokee Enterprises Inc., the Miami Lakes company handling the job, will transport an estimated 50,000 cubic tons of dirt and other construction materials when all is said and done.

Test results confirmed the dirt contained traces of asbestos last week, Meyer said. The toxic material can cause mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos.

Airport officials say the asbestos found at the staging area does not pose a health risk because it is not the kind that can become airborne. But as a precaution, the entire pile of dirt is being trucked away to a landfill, where officials say the material will be properly contained.

Five loads of material were removed Monday and another 20 loads were hauled off as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Meyer said.

That’s good news to nearby homeowners.

For months, residents in the nearby Melaleuca Gardens neighborhood have complained about all the dust stirred up by an airport contractor using the site near U.S. Highway 1 and Griffin Road as a staging area. The contractor, Tutor Perini, is expected to finish the job revamping Terminal 4 in 2018.

Rae Sandler, president of the Melaleuca Gardens Homeowners Association, said some residents have developed a chronic cough from all the dust. Others have suffered headaches and asthma attacks, she said.

“It’s no longer a staging area,” Sandler said. “It’s a dump. They are hauling stuff out of there and hauling it here and pulverizing it. It’s mostly dirt, piles and piles of dirt. And now we find out there’s asbestos in there.”

Sandler said the homeowners association plans to hire a private company to test the dirt and soot that’s been landing on residents’ doorsteps and window sills.

Dania Beach officials alerted state and federal officials on Thursday after taking a tour of the site and spotting signs warning of asbestos contamination.

An inspector with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection showed up Friday to make sure crews were keeping the dirt wet so it would not become airborne. The entire site is fenced off and only workers wearing proper gear are allowed to enter.

Airport officials are not yet sure how much the job will cost, Meyer said.

Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan said the asbestos is embedded in old floor tiles buried long ago on airport property near Terminal 4. The material was recently dug up and trucked from airport grounds to the staging area, where it tested positive for asbestos, Ryan said.

The material was tested at the county’s request because it looked different from the other material at the site, Meyer said.

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Row as flytippers dump asbestos waste outside Hampshire village hall

Row as council refusing to dispose of fly-tipped asbestos from community hall used by families

Some of the bags of dangerous waste dumped next to hall used by the community.

Some of the bags of dangerous waste dumped next to hall used by the community.



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A ROW has erupted after fly-tippers dumped hazardous builders’ waste outside a village hall.

Four bags of rubbish, including potentially dangerous asbestos, were left in the car park at Plaitford Village Hall near Romsey.

Test Valley Borough Council will not remove the waste as it is on private land, telling the volunteers who run the hall that they will have to arrange and pay for it to be removed.

Village hall chairman Sarah Pearce said: “I feel that the council should remove the rubbish as a measure of goodwill as we have their recycling bins situated in our car park.

“We receive no payment for this.

“On many occasions we have had to clear broken glass and rubbish from these, which are not our responsibility.”

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Fellow hall committee member Andrew Turnbull said: “The recycling bags were dumped about ten days ago and contain asbestos materials. Once other people realise rubbish is being dumped here I am worried more will follow.

“Test Valley have not been very helpful at all with this.

“We are a charity and the hall is run by volunteers and we haven’t got the money to pay for it to be removed.”

The committee is now trying to find someone to dispose of the unwanted waste materials.

Test Valley Borough Council says that removing dumped rubbish is costly and it’s down to owners of private land to call in experts to get rid of it.

A spokesperson said: “We regret that the village hall committee is unhappy with the council’s response.

“The council investigates all reports of fly-tipping and will remove fly-tipped waste from public land. However, when waste is fly-tipped on private land, as with this particular case, it is the landowner’s responsibility.

“We are unable to remove fly-tipped waste from private land as this would mean taxpayers picking up the cost of the clear-up.

“We have spoken with the committee and provided details of how to arrange removal of the asbestos.”

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KLS Equity to Open Second Round of Asbestos Advertising

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – KLS Equity Group will fund a second round of campaign finance for the production and media purchases of a group of trial attorneys focused on asbestos litigation. Over $30 billion of funds have been placed in trust funds to aid the victims of asbestos exposure. In May of 2014 KLS Equity opened Fund XVII to pay the advertising expenses for a select group of asbestos focused trial attorneys. The fund raised $6.1 million and hired KLS Media Group of Houston, Texas to handle production and media placement. The fund paid for a national advertising campaign running in over 50 major US markets as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico for roughly 90 days ending in early October. The campaign was a major success with participating attorneys retaining over $140 million in cases to date. The fund raised $5 million and will continue the mission of fund XVII’s national campaign for an additional two months, ending in mid-December. Daniel Spence, President of KLS Equity was the lead investor in KLS Equity Fund XVII. Spence Family Investments has pledged $3.5 million for the second round of asbestos advertising campaign financing. KLS Equity’s second round of asbestos campaign financing has closed and the fund is not considering any further outside investors.

About KLS Equity

KLS Equity is a private equity firm founded to finance the advertising campaigns of purpose driven companies that may not have the capital required to successfully launch a new brand, product, or idea. KLS Equity has provided advertising campaign finance for some of the world’s leading companies, including major oil and gas holdings, textiles, legal, and hospitality industries. KLS Equity has funded over $100 million in advertising campaigns.

About KLS Media

KLS Media Global is an advertising agency holding company based in Houston, Texas. KLS Media was founded in 1998. Daniel Spence was named CEO of KLS Media Global in 2005. KLS Media is set to surpass US$500 million in annual 2014 billings including over $366 million in media purchases. In 2013 a Texas based private equity firm purchased a majority stake in KLS Media Global and KLS Media is now asset managed by the equity firm.

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Your asbestos-related questions answered

The Globe’s weekend piece about asbestos and the dangers of exposure generated many letters, e-mails, phone calls and online comments. Some readers shared stories of losing family members to asbestos-related diseases, having difficulty navigating the workers’ compensation system and being exposed to asbestos in their own workplaces and homes.


No safe use: The Canadian asbestos epidemic that Ottawa is ignoring

Canada’s embrace of the “miracle mineral” has seeded an epidemic of cancers. Yet many Canadians are still exposed to asbestos every day. Don’t look to Ottawa for help — it’s still defending an industry that, like its victims, is wasting away. Read the full story, then share your thoughts in the comments.

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Other readers had questions. Here are some answers.

I have a family member who has an asbestos-related disease. Where can I go for more information and advice?

Mesothelioma is the leading cause of work-related deaths in Canada, as measured by accepted workers’ comp claims. Yet relatively little is known about this form of cancer, which has sometimes been misdiagnosed as lung cancer. For those seeking to know more, visit the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation website. It’s important to know there are new treatment options that can prolong peoples’ lives.

Other illnesses from asbestos exposure include other types of cancer such as lung cancer, along with asbestosis. More information can be found at the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, an advocacy and education group which is based in the U.S., but also works in Canada.

In Canada, Princess Margaret Cancer Care offers an early detection program and has a new treatment that extends the lives of mesothelioma patients.

More reading material can be found in the links at the end of this story.

I’m worried I may have been exposed in past years. What can I do?

It’s important to know the World Health Organization and other medical experts say there is no safe level or threshold, so even shorter-term exposure to can raise the risk of getting sick. And the odds also increase, exponentially, if someone is also a smoker – so one of the best things one can do to reduce risk is stop smoking.

But there’s also important context – many people have been exposed and never gotten sick. Mesothelioma cases – while rising – are still relatively rare with nowhere near the number of cases as, say, breast cancer. Some workers have toiled for years in clouds of asbestos dust, and haven’t gotten sick. It seems hard to predict who gets affected and who doesn’t.

If people are showing no symptoms, they can stick with their routine annual checkup with their family doctor.  Those who are higher risk — such as people who have pleural plaque or with known past asbestos exposure — could consider screening programs (Princess Margaret runs one).

If symptoms appear, such as shortness of breath, coughs or pain in the chest wall, patients should be seen by a doctor, who may refer them to a thoracic surgeon.

I’d thought Canada had long banned asbestos products. Is it true they’re still being used?

Asbestos was an ingredient in thousands of products in previous decades, from modelling clay to insulation.

Canada now has stricter regulations about asbestos use than in years past – but this country never banned imports or exports. Asbestos has long been used in building materials such as roof shingles, floor tiles, insulation and textured coating on ceilings. To see more examples of where it might be in the home, check out WorkSafeBC’s photos and this week’s Globe Now video.

Asbestos products continue to flow into Canada, in the form of pipes and tiles, replacement brake pads and linings, friction materials, fibre jointing and even clothing (typically used in protective gear such as firefighters’ suits).  A sample list of suspected asbestos-containing materials can be found here and here (these are U.S. sites) as well as here (a U.K. site). An Ontario list can be found here.

(We couldn’t find a full list of brand names of products that contain asbestos, but some lawyers who represent victims with mesothelioma do have catalogues).

How prevalent is asbestos in our homes, schools, hospitals and work spaces?

Short answer – we don’t know. We do know it was a common building material in Canada and in many developed nations right up until the 1990s (and in some cases, is still being used), so construction workers, contractors and do-it-yourself renovators should get materials tested by a reputable, independent lab and taking proper precautions. WorkSafeBC has advice for workers and homeowners on its site.

Saskatchewan is getting a better grasp of the presence of asbestos. The province has established a mandatory registry to alert staff and workers of where asbestos exists in public buildings. 

How can I get compensation if I have an asbestos-related disease stemming from workplace exposure?

Workers’ comp is a government-run system of no-fault compensation in Canada (where workers, in turn, give up their right to sue their employer for an injury).  Each province has its own system, such as this in Ontario and this in Alberta. Each site has information for workers looking to make a claim. An overview of workers’ comp in Canada can be found here. As our weekend story explained, the workers comp data does not give a complete picture because claims are often not filed or are unsuccessful.

All the provinces and territories (except Quebec) have a free worker advisor service to help people navigate the system. Contact information for these services (including Office of the Worker Adviser) is available here. Many workers will also be able to get help from their unions.

In some provinces, there are legal clinics which may handle workers’ compensation. In Ontario, for example, the two main ones are Injured Workers’ Consultants and Industrial Accident Victims’ Group of Ontario. There are also private bar lawyers and paralegals who represent the victims and families on a fee-for-service basis.

Is the Globe planning more coverage of Canada’s asbestos issue?

Yes. We’re looking at how asbestos products are currently being used and other follow-up ideas over the coming weeks and months. Suggestions and feedback welcome: tgrant@globeandmail.com

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Two City Hall inspectors plead guilty in Kensington Heights asbestos case

They were supposed to be the watchdogs, the final word on whether asbestos was properly removed from the Kensington Heights housing complex.

Instead, they allowed cancer-causing material to escape into the air.

Two City Hall inspectors, William Manuszewski and Donald Grzebielucha, pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor crimes in connection with the botched asbestos-removal effort at the vacant East Side development.

A third, Theodore Lehmann, who retired from the state Department of Labor, is expected to follow suit next week.

If that happens, it would mark an end to the government’s three-year-old prosecution of companies and individuals involved in the cleanup of Kensington Heights, a symbol of decay and decline for three decades.

“The defendants did inspections at the buildings,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said of Manuszewski and Grzebielucha on Thursday, “and during those inspections, asbestos material was released into the air.”

The two inspectors, as part of their plea deals, stopped well short of admitting they falsified records, the allegation in the government’s 2011 indictment. They pleaded guilty instead to negligent endangerment under the Clean Air Act and admitted putting other people at risk because of their actions.

The plea deals, reached just days before they went on trial before U.S. District Richard J. Arcara, mean Manuszewski and Grzebielucha get misdemeanor, not felony, convictions.

In addition, Manuszewski will be able to keep his job with the city, according to defense lawyer Michael J. Stachowski. Grzebielucha is retired.

Stachowski said his client weighed the risks and benefits of going to trial versus taking a plea and in the end decided it was best to acknowledge that he and City Hall were partly to blame for the problems at Kensington Heights.

“He was untrained and ill-equipped,” Stachowski said of Manuszewski.

If Lehmann also pleads guilty – his lawyer, Mark S. Carney, said he intends to take a plea deal next week – it would end a criminal case that rocked the neighborhood around the housing complex.

When prosecutors announced their indictment of nine individuals and two companies connected to the asbestos-removal project, residents who live and work around the site raised questions about the potential health effects of the bungled asbestos project.

The 17-acre complex, located behind Erie County Medical Center, is also near three schools and a park frequently used by youth sports teams.

Air samples from the neighborhood later indicated that asbestos levels inside the complex’s six towers exceeded federal standards but levels outside the complex did not.

Manuszewski and Grzebielucha became the seventh and eighth defendants and the first inspectors to plead guilty in the three-year-old case. The other plea deals involved two asbestos-removal contractors and four private compliance monitors.

The grand jury indictment also charged two companies, Johnson Contracting of Buffalo and JMD Environmental Inc. of Grand Island, but those charges were dropped when the companies went out of business.

Johnson was hired to remove and dispose of the estimated 63,000 square feet of asbestos in each of the six towers, and JMD was hired to monitor their work.

Ernest Johnson, president of the asbestos-removal company, recently pleaded guilty and, as part of his plea deal, admitted his role in the bungled project. Among other things, his workers dumped asbestos down holes cut in the floors.

The initial allegations against the two city inspectors involved falsifying inspection reports from the Fillmore Avenue development.

Manuszewski, for example, was accused of using his final inspection reports to claim that asbestos work in five of the complex’s six buildings had been completed when, in fact, he knew it had not been finished.

Manuszewski and Grzebielucha will be sentenced by Arcara on Aug. 18.

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Ohio company faces actions on asbestos, taxes

Ohio company faces actions on asbestos, taxes

Jan. 09, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

SOUTH POINT, Ohio — The Portsmouth Local Air Agency has issued a notice of violation concerning the handling of asbestos at the South Point Biomass Generation property in the South Point area.

Meanwhile, the office of Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson is preparing to file a foreclosure action against the 88-acre Biomass property, saying the company has not paid county taxes for the past three years. The property is not in the village of South Point, but is surrounded by The Point, a 500-acre industrial park which is in the village limits.

“They owe $27,000 in back taxes,” Anderson said. “We’ll be filing the foreclosure action this month.”

More than a dozen years ago, Biomass officials proposed building a multimillion-dollar generating plant to produce electricity at the site. The plant was to burn wood waste. No such plant has ever been built, and on several occasions county officials have filed suit seeking back taxes on the property.

The Portsmouth Local Air Agency, which handles air quality issues for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, received a complaint last fall about how Biomass employees were handling asbestos fibers during a demolition metal scrapping work being done on the third floor of the power house building.

Samples of suspect regulated asbestos-containing materials were observed at several locations in the building on Oct. 22, and analysis confirmed that friable regulated asbestos-containing materials were found at the site, according to the notice of violation. Two partial adjacent buildings to the power house building also had been demolished and removed, according to the notice.

“A notice of violation was issued,” said Cindy Charles, director of the Portsmouth Local Air Agency which covers Lawrence, Scioto, Brown and Adams counties. “It’s an ongoing investigation, and I can’t comment further.”

Mark Harris, Biomass owner, couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

“This was reported by a private citizen,” said South Point Mayor Ron West. “The property isn’t located in the village, but it does concern us. Apparently they have stopped doing it.”

Biomass failed to notify the proper agency before the demolition work in a building containing asbestos, according to the notice of violation. State regulations require the asbestos to be removed from a building prior to demolition, and that wasn’t done at the power plant building, according to the notice of violation.

“It was observed that the contractor was not using water to control dust from the mechanical demolition activities,” according to the notice of violation. “The contractor was observed demolishing/scrapping in the power house building at the South Point Generation Biomass facility without using water spray to control visible emissions being created by the demolition activities.”

The materials were being placed in an open and unlined roll-off box, another violation, according to the notice.

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£150m in shipyard asbestos claims

BBC News – Harland and Wolff asbestos disease claims to hit £150m

Billy Graham said shipyard workers were not told about asbestosis


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Some £150m in compensation is expected to be paid to former Harland and Wolff workers who contracted asbestos-related diseases while working at the shipyard.

More than 2,000 people have been already been paid compensation.

Asbestos was a widely-used insulation material in shipbuilding until the 1970s.

Many workers contracted asbestos-related diseases after they were exposed to its fibres.

The legacy of the once government-owned Belfast shipyard is still causing misery for thousands of former workers.

To date more than 2,000 former workers, relatives and contractors who worked in the yard before it was privatised in 1989 have successfully claimed for compensation at a cost of £60m. That is an average of £30,000 each.

Billy Graham from east Belfast, who worked in ship repair in the yard for 20 years, is one of the former workers who was awarded compensation.

Range of diseases

He said: “We were told nothing about asbestosis. When you were working with old boilers, there was an asbestos ring around them, and we just pulled them off and the dust was flying everywhere.

Eddie HarveyEddie Harvey’s wife died aged 65 after inhaling asbestos fibres from his work clothes

“It’s a big shock when you are told you have a mild form of asbestosis. It does not get any better. It affects you that you can’t walk. You can’t do certain things. You can’t play with the grandkids the way you used to. You are just beat.”

The former employees are suffering from a range of diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma, pleural plaques and lung cancer.

It is not just shipyard workers who were affected. In some cases there was “secondary contamination” – where people close to the those working in the yard contracted an asbestos-related disease.

East Belfast man Eddie Harvey worked in the yard for 20 years. His wife Margaret died in December 2008, aged 65, from fibres she breathed in while washing his work clothes.


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I lost my wife to it, through washing my clothes. She couldn’t breathe in the end. She was in and out of hospital for three years and tried to fight it. She went from being 12 stone to a frail old woman of maybe five stone.”

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‘Couldn’t breathe’

Mr Harvey urged anyone who has been affected by asbestos in the shipyard to claim against the Stormont Executive.

“I lost my wife to it, through washing my clothes. She couldn’t breathe in the end. She was in and out of hospital for three years and tried to fight it. She went from being 12 stone to a frail old woman of maybe five stone.

“Anyone who has it, make no mistake, they should go and claim because the government says the money is there.

“Don’t be afraid to. The government is not going to give you money if you are not entitled to it.”

The Department of Enterprise (DETI) at Stormont estimates it will pay out another £89m for claims by people who have yet to be diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. It expects the claims to continue up until 2040 – some 50 years after the government sold the shipyard into private ownership.

After the privatisation DETI retained control of Harland and Wolff PLC, which includes the liabilities for asbestos-related diseases contracted by former workers.

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Asbestos key to park clean-up

A CLEAN-UP of the asbestos-riddled caravans and manufactured homes smashed up by Mulwala’s March 21 tornado won’t start for weeks.

Clearing Denison County Caravan Park has been held up by the preparation of tender documents for the work.

The park took the brunt of the tornado’s 300km/h force, along with the nearby Sun Country Holiday Village.

The tornado cut a swathe through Mulwala, Yarrawonga, Barooga, Bundalong, Rutherglen and the Koonoomoo area near Cobram.

Most of the clean-up work in the Corowa Shire was done several weeks ago.

The council’s environmental services director, Bob Parr, said the focus had been to help people with welfare issues to contact government and private agencies.

He said the big task now was to rebuild the caravans and homes at both caravan parks.

“Sun Country is managing itself but Denison County is different — because of asbestos, WorkCover declared it a hazardous site,” he said.

An added problem has been the occupants’ and owners’ insurance was not enough to pay for clearing the site.

So police and emergency services asked the NSW treasury to help pay to clear the asbestos waste and the project was then handed to NSW Public Works.

It is working with the residents to prepare specifications for the clearance work.

Mr Parr said the work was going to tender to ensure the best price for the public money.

He expected the work to start in “the not too distant future”.

“We are very much hoping it will only be a matter of weeks now before we see some action,” Mr Parr said.

“When it starts will be quite quick.”

Mr Parr said the clean-up had been “fairly quick, with Denison County the exception.

“The 160 sites at the caravan park means a lot of people have been affected,” he said.

“Those people have been unable to sign off on that part of that life.”

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Grace Announces Adjustment to Asbestos-Related Liability

COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

W. R. Grace & Co. (GRA) announced today that it will adjust its
recorded asbestos-related liability to $2,065 million from the previous
amount of $1,700 million. Grace will report a $365 million non-cash,
pre-tax charge in its fourth quarter 2012 earnings. This non-cash charge
will have no impact on Adjusted EBIT or Adjusted EPS.

As discussed in the company’s November 9, 2012 teleconference with
analysts, an adjustment to the recorded amount is now necessary to
reflect the increased estimates of the settlement values of the warrant
and deferred payment obligation payable to the asbestos personal injury
trust under Grace’s plan of reorganization.

The company currently estimates the warrant’s value to be $490 million,
the maximum value under the company’s cash settlement agreement with the
asbestos trust. The cash settlement agreement was approved by the
bankruptcy court on December 17, 2012.

The company currently estimates the deferred payment obligation’s value
to be $547 million. The increase in the estimated value of the deferred
payment obligation reflects the company’s improved borrowing costs and
the expected timing of its bankruptcy emergence.

The non-cash charge of $365 million is lower than the range of $375
million to $475 million that the company had estimated in its November 9
teleconference.

The ultimate cost of settling the asbestos-related liability will be
based on the value of the consideration transferred to the asbestos
trusts at emergence and may vary from the current estimate.

The company will release fourth quarter 2012 earnings before market open
on February 6 and will conduct a conference call with analysts and
investors at 11:00 a.m. EST the same day. Conference call dial-in
instructions can be found at the Investor Information page
on the company’s web site at www.grace.com.

About Grace

Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts; engineered and
packaging materials; and, specialty construction chemicals and building
materials. The company’s three industry-leading business segments—Grace
Catalysts Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies and Grace
Construction Products—provide innovative products, technologies and
services that enhance the quality of life. Grace employs approximately
6,000 people in over 40 countries and had 2011 net sales of $3.2
billion. More information about Grace is available at www.grace.com.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements, that is,
information related to future, not past, events. Such statements
generally include the words “believes,” “plans,” “intends,” “targets,”
“will,” “expects,” “suggests,” “anticipates,” “outlook,” “continues” or
similar expressions. Forward-looking statements include, without
limitation, all statements regarding Grace’s Chapter 11 case; expected
financial positions; results of operations; cash flows; financing plans;
business strategy; budgets; capital and other expenditures; competitive
positions; growth opportunities for existing products; benefits from new
technology and cost reduction initiatives, plans and objectives; and
markets for securities. For these statements, Grace claims the
protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained
in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Like other
businesses, Grace is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause
its actual results to differ materially from its projections or that
could cause other forward-looking statements to prove incorrect. Factors
that could cause actual results to materially differ from those
contained in the forward-looking statements include, without limitation:
developments affecting Grace’s bankruptcy, proposed plan of
reorganization and settlements with certain creditors, the cost and
availability of raw materials (including rare earth) and energy,
developments affecting Grace’s underfunded and unfunded pension
obligations, risks related to foreign operations, especially in emerging
regions, acquisitions and divestitures of assets and gains and losses
from dispositions or impairments, the effectiveness of its research and
development and growth investments, its legal and environmental
proceedings, costs of compliance with environmental regulation and those
factors set forth in Grace’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K,
quarterly report on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, which
have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are
readily available on the Internet at
www.sec.gov.
Reported results should not be considered as an indication of future
performance. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on
Grace’s projections and forward-looking statements, which speak only as
of the date thereof. Grace undertakes no obligation to publicly release
any revision to the projections and forward-looking statements contained
in this announcement, or to update them to reflect events or
circumstances occurring after the date of this announcement.

Contact:

W. R. Grace & Co.


Media Relations

Rich Badmington, +1 410-531-4370


rich.badmington@grace.com

or


Investor Relations

Mark Sutherland, +1 410-531-4590


mark.sutherland@grace.com

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