January 23, 2019

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Applauds Sens. Boxer and Markey for Introducing The Alan Reinstein and …


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims, today announced its support for the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act, introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Edward Markey (D-MA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight. The bill provides critical safeguards to protect children and communities from the dangers of toxic chemicals and specifically calls for a ban on asbestos.

The legislation, aimed specifically at reforming the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), includes these key provisions:

  • Protects children and vulnerable populations from harmful toxins
  • Provides stronger safety standards and quicker safety reviews of chemicals
  • Ensures exposure from chemical spills and leaks are addressed
  • Requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act quickly to consider a ban on asbestos
  • Maintains states’ rights to protect people from dangerous toxic chemicals

The bill is named in honor of two cancer victims – Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer. Alan lost his battle to mesothelioma in 2006 at the age of 66 and was the beloved husband of ADAO President Linda Reinstein, who co-founded ADAO in 2004. Trevor Schaefer, a victim of toxic exposure, was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 13.

Ms. Reinstein stated: “ADAO applauds Senator Boxer and Senator Markey for their leadership in helping to take further steps to eliminate exposure to asbestos, a known carcinogen that has caused the most occupational deaths in history. This bill, named after my late husband Alan, represents not only his courageous battle with mesothelioma, which he lost nine years ago, but it also represents the hundreds of thousands of other asbestos victims – past, present, and future – along with Americans who’ve been affected by other toxic chemicals. Asbestos is still legal and lethal in the United States, and the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act will enable the EPA to, once and for all, ban asbestos. ADAO has worked with a coalition of more than 450 organizations, who support real TSC reform. I am certain everyone will be supportive and grateful for its introduction and passage.”

Conversely, ADAO strongly opposes the legislation introduced earlier this week by U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) inappropriately named the “The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act”. The bill purportedly designed to protect the public from toxic substances would allow asbestos to remain legal and widely used in the U.S.

“The fact that the Vitter-Udall bill will not even restrict, much less ban, the deadly substance that claims 30 lives a day is nothing short of a national travesty,” said Reinstein. “Any Senator who supports this industry proposal is in essence supporting the continuation of the toll asbestos has already had on millions of American families. The bill, embraced by the chemical industry, will only expose future generations to asbestos and many other highly toxic chemicals.”

Despite its known dangers, the U.S. has failed to ban asbestos and imports continue. Each year, asbestos claims the lives of 10,000 Americans. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.


Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Kim Cecchini

Media Relations




Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Applauds Sens. Boxer and Markey for Introducing The Alan Reinstein and …

Whitinsville builders penalized $37,625 for asbestos violations

BOSTON Town and Country Builders of Whitinsville and its owner, Denis Latour, were fined $37,625 by the state Department of Environmental Protection for failing to follow safe and legal asbestos removal procedures during a project in Uxbridge.

During a December 2012 inspection, DEP inspectors observed that Mr. Latour had improperly removed more than 100 linear feet of asbestos-containing pipe insulation from a multifamily residential property on Bouffard Street.

Numerous pieces of dry, friable asbestos-containing insulation were discovered uncontained on the basement floor of the property and also in an unmarked tarp lying outside in the yard. Also, inspectors found the asbestos insulation had not been wet, the work area had not been sealed off and air-filtration units were not used during the removal work as required, according to DEP.

DEP had also not been notified in advance of the asbestos removal project as required by state regulations.

Upon discovery, DEP required Mr. Latour to immediately retain the services of a state Department of Labor Standards-licensed asbestos contractor to properly handle, package and dispose of all the asbestos waste in the yard, and to clean up and decontaminate the basement and all affected areas of the property.

DEP regulations require notification to the agency in advance of an asbestos-removal project, as well as proper removal, handling, packaging, labeling, storage and disposal of asbestos waste materials. These critical measures prevent the release of and potential exposure to asbestos fibers, and warn of the health hazards associated with that type of waste material.

For these violations, DEP assessed a penalty of $37,625, but agreed to suspend $7,525 of that penalty provided the company does not have repeat violations for one year.

Craig S. Semon

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After asbestos cleanup, middle school in Uxbridge to reopen today

UXBRIDGE — Classes will resume at McCloskey Middle School Thursday after a two-day shutdown imposed when asbestos-containing tiles were discovered. A ceiling-to-floor cleaning by a license asbestos abatement contractor has been completed.

In an email to parents and staff Wednesday, Superintendent Kevin M. Carney said second and final test results found no presence of asbestos fibers in latent dust, nor did they identify any elevated airborne fiber concentrations.

“We will continue to work with the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Labor Standards, and our environmental analysts at Smith and Wessel in the upcoming weeks to ensure that we are in compliance with all regulations and to ensure the safety of our staff and students,” Mr. Carney said in the email. “There is nothing more serious than health and safety concerns and I will be working closely with these agencies in the days and weeks ahead to determine additional safety measures that we can take.”

Parents were notified in emails and phone messages Monday night that the middle school, which houses Grades 6, 7 and 8, would be closed Tuesday. The notifications came after environmental tests showed that flooring material removed over the summer contained asbestos. The hazardous material was also present in tiles found last week in the Dumpster behind the school.

School officials later decided to keep the school closed a second day so the extensive cleaning could take place.

Dear McCloskey Middle School Families and Staff:

I am writing to inform you that school will be open for McCloskey Middle School students and staff on Thursday, October 10. The second and final test results do not identify the presence of asbestos fibers in the latent dust nor any elevated airborne fiber concentrations.

Thank you for your patience and I hope that McCloskey students and staff are able to return to their daily routines tomorrow.


Kevin Carney Superintendent of Schools

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State fines contractor over asbestos removal at Worcester home

The state Department of Environmental Protection has fined a Jamaica Plain company about $18,000 for asbestos removal violations at a Worcester residence.

According to the DEP, during a September 2012 inspection, DEP inspectors saw employees of Envirogreen, a state-licensed asbestos contractor, removing asbestos-containing siding shingles from a multi-family residence on Reeves Street. The shingles were seen being removed without any attempt to minimize breakage or to carefully lower them to the ground, according to the DEP. The agency said inspectors saw shattered, asbestos-containing shingles uncontained on the ground.

State regulations require that contractors remove siding shingles containing the known carcinogen wet, take adequate precautions to minimize breakage, carefully lower them to the ground, and seal the asbestos waste in leak-tight containers that have appropriate warnings attached to them, according to the DEP.

Under the terms of the negotiated settlement, Envirogreen must follow all state asbestos requirements, and pay $10,000 of the assessed penalty. The DEP said it has agreed to suspend $8,312.50 of that penalty provided the company does not have repeat violations for one year.

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Presents to the Community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York Calling …


The Asbestos
Disease Awareness Organization
(ADAO) today announced that its
Co-Founder and President, Linda Reinstein, will be among the presenters
at a town hall meeting on April 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the neighborhood
of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. The meeting will focus on the need for
increased transparency around asbestos abatement in the community, and
reaffirm the need for a U.S. asbestos ban. Ms. Reinstein will be joined
by Dr. Jay Parkinson, MD, MPH, Co-Founder of Sherpaa.

ADAO has been vigilantly following this community’s proactive awareness
campaign since first learning about the potential asbestos threat due to
asbestos abatement and demolition occurring in the neighborhood. A
recent blog entitled: Williamsburg
Community and ADAO: Demanding Truth, Answers, and Transparency about
, affirms ADAO’s support of the community. The upcoming town
hall meeting further reinforces this support and underscores the
importance of awareness and education when it comes to asbestos

“The fact is that our nation’s infrastructure is aging, and wherever
there are old factories, there is typically asbestos,” stated Ms.
Reinstein. Asbestos fibers are released into the air when asbestos
materials are disturbed during repairs, renovations, or demolition, and
the removal of the asbestos in an improper manner can result in
devastation for workers and the community. Asbestos was especially
prevalent in buildings up until the late 1970’s.

“The people in the Williamsburg community are surrounded by demolition
and renovation of buildings putting them at a significant risk. The
great news is that Williamsburg is building an effective model of action
that can be emulated across the nation,” she stated. The growing
Williamsburg demographic includes young urban families in their 30s and
40s who are technologically savvy and heavily engaged with public health
and safety issues. The awareness about asbestos abatement and other
environmental issues represents a “shift to get back to the wholesome
part of being an American, the way we once were, when we recognized how
important community is,” concluded Reinstein. “Too often community
rights are usurped. I see Williamsburg as empowering its residents with
knowledge and organizing to protect public health and their environment.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “If the
asbestos-containing material is more than slightly damaged or could be
disturbed, there are two types of actions that can be taken by trained
and accredited asbestos professionals: repair and removal. Improper
removal may actually increase your and your family’s exposure to
asbestos fibers.”

Town Hall Meeting Information:
Monday, April 29, 6:30 PM

338 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11211

Free to the public

Asbestos is carcinogenic to humans in all forms according to the World
Health Organization
, and unsafe at any level of exposure according
to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency
. Despite these facts, and a second
Surgeon General warning of its hazards, asbestos continues to be
imported to the U.S., as documented by the U.S.
Geological Survey
(USGS), and the need for a U.S. ban continues. In
the U.S., ten thousand people die every year from asbestos exposure,
equaling 30 deaths a day.

About ADAO

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was
founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to
give asbestos victims a united voice to help ensure that their rights
are fairly represented and protected, and raise public awareness about
the dangers of asbestos exposure and the often deadly asbestos-related
diseases. ADAO is funded through voluntary contributions and staffed by
volunteers. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.


Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Doug Larkin

Director of Communications




Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Presents to the Community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York Calling …

How can asbestos be safely removed? reports Mesothelioma firm

CHICAGO, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — If you suspect that your house contains asbestos, you may be interested in having it removed or you may be wondering what will happen if you decide to renovate your home. Asbestos was commonly used in construction materials, such as drywall products, floor tile and roofing shingles, with some of these materials containing asbestos up until the mid 1980s. Asbestos is most dangerous when it becomes airborne, which can lead to diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. While having asbestos removed may seem like the best thing to do in light of our knowledge of the dangers of asbestos, it should be noted that asbestos removal is not always necessary. In some cases, doing so could actually increase the risks to you and your loved ones. If asbestos containing materials such as drywall and floor tile are undamaged, it is advisable to leave it alone.

You should always check with the proper authorities before beginning any project, and trained inspectors should be hired to investigate whether or not asbestos is present. If asbestos materials are present, you should hire qualified asbestos removal professionals to ensure that this dangerous mineral is taken out and disposed of properly.

There are several different types of professionals suited for this job, from general asbestos contractors to specialists such as roofing, flooring and plumbing contractors. The federal government offers training courses in asbestos removal. State and local health departments and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional offices are a few trustworthy places to turn to for lists of local, licensed professionals. You can also check the yellow pages of the phone book. It is important to remember that licensed professionals should always be consulted before beginning any asbestos removal project.

For more information on asbestos related diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis and other illnesses visit CooneyConway.com or call 888-875-7899 today.

Media Contact: Jessica McNeil Cooney & Conway, 888-875-7899, MainDesk@cooneyconway.com

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