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The hazards of vermiculite insulation

Many people have vermiculite insulation in their homes. It was a popular form of loose insulation used to insulate many homes throughout the United States. Used extensively in colder climates such as Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas, it was most often used as attic insulation.

This old house - asbestos dangers lurk in many older homes

Home remodeling shows on television often show people uncovering hidden hazards when knocking out walls and digging up floors in old houses. Heating ducts wrapped in asbestos and flooring tiles made with asbestos are just two of the more common hazards one might see when watching a home renovation show. Old houses contain many surprises, but what other dangers might be hiding?

3 types of damages that can be awarded in a negligence claim

No amount of money can take away the devastation of a cancer diagnosis. However, money can help victims and their families seek treatment, cover everyday expenses and provide for the future. Money can also serve as a powerful way to hold parties responsible for the cancer accountable.

Which workers are at a higher risk of being exposed to asbestos?

When most people go to work, they don't expect that their occupation could be making them sick. Unfortunately, for workers all across Minnesota, their job is not just making them sick: it's killing them.

Health hazards linked to taconite processing facilities

Several years ago, health officials noticed an alarming trend: an increased incidence of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer, in the mine workers. This prompted the Minnesota Department of Health to commission a health study by the University of Minnesota in 2008. The study took six years to complete, focusing largely on potential hazards in the taconite industry.

How asbestos affects the lungs

Sometimes the most dangerous substances are the hardest to see with the naked eye. Asbestos is a perfect example of this frustrating reality. At its most basic, asbestos is a fibrous silicate mineral. Because it is heat-resistant, it is often used in insulation, fire-resistant fabrics and other ubiquitous materials. And although asbestos is practically invisible, it is incredibly dangerous.

Strengthening chemical regulations through the Lautenberg Act

This past June, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The law was designed to reform the previous legislation regulating chemical safety, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which was passed in 1976. Critics of the TSCA found flaws in the law's inability to review chemicals developed and sold on the market because the law mandated that the government had to have evidence proving the risks associated with the chemical before testing could commence. Critics also stated that the TSCA incorporated a trade secrets loophole in legislation which allowed chemical companies to declare chemical information to be proprietary information, prohibiting the chemical information from being released in public.

This Old House: Where To Find Asbestos In An Old Home

This Old House: Where To Find Asbestos In An Old Home

Asbestos is not the first thing many people think about when looking at an old home. When looking at a property, most people focus on what is visible. Desired amenities, such as open floor plan, updated kitchen and bathroom, number of bedrooms and baths shape our impression of a home and we often do not think about what lies beneath. In fact, many people mistakenly assume that if the kitchen was updated, what lies beneath was also checked. Do not be so sure.

The Most Deadly Asbestos Exposure Sites In Minnesota

Most people learn they were exposed to asbestos after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Aggressive and fast-moving, mesothelioma is a form of cancer that often appears years after the initial exposure. This makes identifying the source of exposure much more difficult. Over the years, however, a growing body of evidence has been building, providing valuable information for victims of asbestos exposure in Minnesota.

Video: Larry's story with mesothelioma

Certain jobs are more dangerous than others are, but putting your life at risk for anything, especially to earn a living, should always be your choice. Millions of workers across the country had that option taken away from them when they were required to work with products containing asbestos.

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