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asbestos found in spillway rock; dust controls increased


oroville – naturally-occurring asbestos has been found in the rock formations and in the air near the damaged oroville dam main spillway, according to a press release.although california department of water resources said risk to workers and the surrounding community is minimal, dust-control operations are being increased. air quality will continue to be monitored at the work site and nearby neighborhoods.bob mclaughlin, butte county air quality management district assistant air pollution control officer, said because some air quality tests came back positive, the area is being treated like a contaminated site.“absolutely any time there’s potential for public exposure to asbestos it’s a concern,” he said. “it’s either there, or it isn’t. if it’s there, you do everything you can to minimize






b.c. contractor exposed to asbestos blows whistle, says government made his life


when general contractor don garrett was invited to bid on plumbing work in agassiz’s kent prison in 2008, he had no idea that such routine work would expose him to asbestos and touch off a nine-year battle that would cast him on the national stage as a whistleblower, make it impossible to obtain bonding, and cost him future contracts. he says the exposure to asbestos has compromised his health, and the government has made his life a “nightmare.”garrett, a contractor with three decades of experience, and his team reported for work on the 30-year-old maximum security corrections facility on may 29, 2009. the job, replacing sinks and toilets, commissioned in 2008 by public works canada, had already been delayed. it was expected to take until june 4, but garrett says that the prison and public






foundry, supervisors indicted in asbestos exposure probe


berlin, wis. — grede foundry and three supervisors have been indicted for allegedly obstructing an investigation into asbestos exposure to workers at the company's now-shuttered facility in berlin.the seven-count indictment alleges conspiracy, obstruction and false statements. the case involves a january 2012 incident in which foundry workers allegedly were given inadequate safety equipment and not informed they were dealing with asbestos while working on equipment.the company in a statement didn't comment on the indictment, citing the ongoing legal case. but it said the health and safety of its workers is a top priority and the company strives to follow all laws and regulations.if convicted, the supervisors could face prison time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. the corporat






police officers in asbestos incident in aberdeen harbour


image copyrightnewslinefive police officers have been taken to hospital after potentially coming into contact with asbestos during a routine search in aberdeen harbour.a property in the blaikes quay area was sealed off at about 20:50 due to fears over the hazardous material.the officers were taken to aberdeen royal infirmary for further assessment. no-one else was affected.a police scotland spokesman said: "there is no wider threat to the local community." scottish ambulance service and scottish fire and rescue crews provided specialist decontamination assistance at the scene.






police officers in asbestos incident in aberdeen harbour


image copyrightnewslinefive police officers have been taken to hospital after potentially coming into contact with asbestos during a routine search in aberdeen harbour.a property in the blaikes quay area was sealed off at about 20:50 due to fears over the hazardous material.the officers were taken to aberdeen royal infirmary for further assessment. no-one else was affected.a police scotland spokesman said: "there is no wider threat to the local community." scottish ambulance service and scottish fire and rescue crews provided specialist decontamination assistance at the scene.






workers at troubled oroville dam need dust-control plan after cancer-causing asb


state water officials at the troubled lake oroville have supplied a dust-control plan to air quality officials after cancer-causing asbestos was detected at the work site this week.during recent air quality and sediment testing at the site, naturally occurring asbestos was found in some areas of the construction zone, department of water resources officials said thursday.asbestos is a common feature of california’s geology, and the risk to workers and the surrounding community is “minimal,” the agency said.crews repairing a damaged flood-control spillway have been using traditional construction methods such as wetting work areas with water trucks and laying rumble strips on roads to limit dirt collecting on equipment. but because asbestos has been detected, the department of water resource






what's at stake as the gop moves to slash regulations? for starters, clean air


amid the republican backlash against federal scientists who write rules governing everything from movie theater popcorn to offshore oil drilling, stories abound of overburdened businesses, heavy-handed civil servants and crushing paperwork.but another story, one involving a deadly household material, offers a lesson in what can go wrong when government experts are shackled, as currently envisioned under a sweeping regulatory reform bill gliding toward president trump’s desk.the gop-backed legislation revives many of the rule-making hurdles that for years crippled the government’s ability to respond to the asbestos-exposure epidemic, which has been blamed for tens of thousands of american deaths.“i don’t think lawmakers are focusing on how extreme this legislation is,” said paul billings, l






closing parliament for repair work 'most efficient' option


image copyrightapvacating the palace of westminster to carry out urgent restoration work is the most economic and efficient option, says parliament's spending watchdog.the world heritage site has asbestos, leaks, old electrics and is said to be at high risk of "catastrophic failure".further delaying a decision on a total overhaul may inflate costs by up to £85m a year, mps said.a business case could be made by 2019 but vacating the site was unlikely to take place before 2023, they were told. 'most effective'parts of the grade i listed palace of westminster - most of which was built to replace the old palace, which burnt down in 1834 - are so riddled with asbestos, frail stonework and ageing wiring, it has been suggested it will have to be knocked down if it is not protected. a previous rep






closing parliament for repair work 'most efficient' option


image copyrightapvacating the palace of westminster to carry out urgent restoration work is the most economic and efficient option, says parliament's spending watchdog.the world heritage site has asbestos, leaks, old electrics and is said to be at high risk of "catastrophic failure".further delaying a decision on a total overhaul may inflate costs by up to £85m a year, mps said.a business case could be made by 2019 but vacating the site was unlikely to take place before 2023, they were told. 'most effective'parts of the grade i listed palace of westminster - most of which was built to replace the old palace, which burnt down in 1834 - are so riddled with asbestos, frail stonework and ageing wiring, it has been suggested it will have to be knocked down if it is not protected. a previous rep






closing parliament for repair work 'most efficient' option


image copyrightapvacating the palace of westminster to carry out urgent restoration work is the most economic and efficient option, says parliament's spending watchdog.the world heritage site has asbestos, leaks, old electrics and is said to be at high risk of "catastrophic failure".further delaying a decision on a total overhaul may inflate costs by up to £85m a year, mps said.a business case could be made by 2019 but vacating the site was unlikely to take place before 2023, they were told. 'most effective'parts of the grade i listed palace of westminster - most of which was built to replace the old palace, which burnt down in 1834 - are so riddled with asbestos, frail stonework and ageing wiring, it has been suggested it will have to be knocked down if it is not protected. a previous rep






public-health groups raise alarm over bill that would limit government regulatio


the new gop regulatory overhaul bill, which swiftly passed the house in january without committee debate, would apply the same test that hobbled regulators on asbestos to every major rule the government wants to impose.washington — amid the republican backlash against federal scientists who write rules governing everything from movie-theater popcorn to offshore oil drilling, stories abound of overburdened businesses, heavy-handed civil servants and crushing paperwork.but another story, one involving a deadly household material, offers a lesson in what can go wrong when government experts are shackled, as currently envisioned under a sweeping regulatory revision bill gliding toward president donald trump’s desk.the gop-backed legislation revives many of the rule-making hurdles that for year






overlook at mile high building executive jailed for exposing tenants to asbestos


kirk mitchell is a general assignment reporter at the denver post who focuses on criminal justice stories. he began working at the newspaper in 1998, after writing for newspapers in mesa, ariz., and twin falls, idaho, and the associated press in salt lake city. mitchell first started writing the cold case blog in fall 2007, in part because colorado has more than 1,400 unsolved homicides.






regulators to probe dumping of debris from deadly fire


oakland, calif. — the top air quality regulator in the san francisco bay area is investigating friday why charred debris from an oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people was dumped along the shoreline.air quality enforcement director wayne kino said the material should not have been dumped in an open field owned by the city, the east bay times reported."there has to be some reporting requirements, (but) at this point, we don't have any notifications from that site," kino said.the building could have had asbestos in the ceiling material, glue in the flooring, adhesives that use asbestos, or grout in the tiling, kino said. they will not know the exact nature of the materials until the investigation is over.if environmental violations are found, the city would be required to dispose of th






regulators to probe dumping of debris from deadly fire


oakland, calif. (ap) — the top air quality regulator in the san francisco bay area is investigating friday why charred debris from an oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people was dumped along the shoreline.air quality enforcement director wayne kino said the material should not have been dumped in an open field owned by the city, the east bay times reported.“there has to be some reporting requirements, (but) at this point, we don’t have any notifications from that site,” kino said.the building could have had asbestos in the ceiling material, glue in the flooring, adhesives that use asbestos, or grout in the tiling, kino said. they will not know the exact nature of the materials until the investigation is over.most read storiessave 75% on digital access today.if environmental violations






bill maher slams trump republicans for looking at america’s problems and asking,


in the new rules segment of hbo’s real time, host bill maher tore into the republican party for rolling back safety and environmental regulations simply because “they’re d*cks.”“so much of what they have done since trump took over isn’t moving the party in a more conservative direction. it’s also not libertarian. it’s just a d*ck move,” maher began.“republicans have to learn the difference between being a conservative and just being a d*ck,” the hbo host said before adding that conservatism has become “just about some warped idea that the way to show strength is by being a d*ck and that, in a nutshell, is what republicanism has become – looking at any problem and saying, ‘what would a d*ck do?’”maher noted that republicans have rolled back regulations on the use of lead bullets, asbestos i






janelle monáe tests conan o'brien's pompadour, deems it real


janelle monáe can confirm: conan o'brien's hair is real. and that's a pompadour pro judging a pompadour pro. but wait — the singer doesn't call her usual hairstyle a pompadour. "i really did want to do my 'monáe,' and i wanted to have a hair-off with you, but we went for something different today," the 31-year-old "hidden figures" and "moonlight" actress told the host during a sit-down on his monday show. o'brien explained that when he was 22, he might have been able to compete with her striking trademark 'do. "i could pile it up so much, get some mayonnaise in there and then bake it," he said. (and if that isn't an invitation, what is, really?) "can i touch it? i've always wanted to," monáe said. "i know this is so rude, because i don't like people touching my hair ... at least i as






today in entertainment: live coverage of the grammys; marvel debuts 'avengers: i


janelle monáe can confirm: conan o'brien's hair is real. and that's a pompadour pro judging a pompadour pro. but wait — the singer doesn't call her usual hairstyle a pompadour. "i really did want to do my 'monáe,' and i wanted to have a hair-off with you, but we went for something different today," the 31-year-old "hidden figures" and "moonlight" actress told the host during a sit-down on his monday show. o'brien explained that when he was 22, he might have been able to compete with her striking trademark 'do. "i could pile it up so much, get some mayonnaise in there and then bake it," he said. (and if that isn't an invitation, what is, really?) "can i touch it? i've always wanted to," monáe said. "i know this is so rude, because i don't like people touching my hair ... at least i as






today in entertainment: first footage from marvel's 'infinity war,' shia labeouf


janelle monáe can confirm: conan o'brien's hair is real. and that's a pompadour pro judging a pompadour pro. but wait — the singer doesn't call her usual hairstyle a pompadour. "i really did want to do my 'monáe,' and i wanted to have a hair-off with you, but we went for something different today," the 31-year-old "hidden figures" and "moonlight" actress told the host during a sit-down on his monday show. o'brien explained that when he was 22, he might have been able to compete with her striking trademark 'do. "i could pile it up so much, get some mayonnaise in there and then bake it," he said. (and if that isn't an invitation, what is, really?) "can i touch it? i've always wanted to," monáe said. "i know this is so rude, because i don't like people touching my hair ... at least i as






revolutionary war-era home demolished for highway project


bellmawr, n.j. — a revolutionary war-era farmhouse that had been blocking a $900 million new jersey interchange reconstruction project has been demolished.bellmawr mayor frank filipek says demolition crews tore down the hugg-harrison-glover house friday.the state department of transportation says the house was in such poor condition it didn't meet historic designation requirements.filipek tells philly.com the borough issued the state a demolition permit for the adjacent garage but not for the house.the home had long stood in the path of the interstate 295/state route 42 project.the president of camden county's historical society says the group had filed an injunction thursday amid concerns over pre-demolition steps taken in recent weeks.democratic u.s. rep. donald norcross had proposed mov






pulitzer-winning journalist andrew schneider dies at 74


missoula, mont. — pulitzer prize-winning journalist andrew schneider, a public health reporter for lee montana newspapers, has died at age 74.the missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/2l7oxqr) schneider died friday in salt lake city while being treated for pulmonary disease.his wife, kathy best, is editor of the missoulian.schneider shared two pulitzers while working at the pittsburgh press. in 1986, he and mary pat flaherty won the specialized reporting award for investigating failures in the u.s. organ transplant system.in 1987, the pittsburgh press was awarded the public service prize for reporting by schneider and matthew brelis on shortcomings in medical screening of airline pilots.later, at the seattle post-intelligencer, schneider broke the story of asbestos contamination in libby, mont






macy's sued by potential buyer of downtown minneapolis store


a developer that tried unsuccessfully to buy the macy’s inc. buildings on nicollet mall in downtown minneapolis on tuesday sued the retailer for the money it spent on the effort.city center realty partners, which has offices in minneapolis and san francisco, accused macy’s of “pulling the rug out from under city center at the last minute” by deciding in late december to sell the three buildings to a new york firm.in the suit filed in hennepin county district court, city center realty partners seeks financial compen ion for work it did as it planned to purchase the macy’s property, a retail landmark for more than a century.a macy’s spokeswoman declined to comment late tuesday, saying the company doesn’t discuss litigation.601w cos., a new york firm chiefly known for buying and selling promi






air quality district to investigate charred debris dump – the mercury news


oakland — saying he had “extreme concerns” over the mysterious dumping of charred debris from december’s fatal ghost ship fire in an open field, the bay area’s top air quality regulator said thursday he will launch an investigation to check for asbestos and other contaminants.the debris — everything from burned musical instruments, appliances, artwork and clothes to pieces of the building — was dumped weeks ago at the end of a path on city-owned land adjacent to a soccer field along the martin luther king jr. regional shoreline and yards from an east bay regional park district bay-front trail.the material clearly should not have been dumped there, said wayne kino, director of enforcement for the bay area air quality management district. he said the agency was never informed.“there has to b






pulitzer prize winner andrew schneider dies at 74


the acclaimed investigative reporter and public-health journalist won two pulitzer prizes, and later worked for several years at the seattle post-intelligencer, where he broke the story of asbestos contamination in a small montana town.andrew schneider, an acclaimed investigative reporter and public-health journalist, died friday. he was 74.mr. schneider, who lived in missoula, montana, died of heart failure in salt lake city, where he was being treated for pulmonary disease.for several years, he worked at the seattle post-intelligencer, and was remembered by colleagues saturday as a relentless, inspiring reporter who built indelible relationships with people from all walks of life.mr. schneider won two pulitzer prizes, journalism’s highest honor, while at the pittsburgh press — one for sp






pulitzer prize winner, former p-i reporter andrew schneider dies at 74


the acclaimed investigative reporter and public-health journalist won two pulitzer prizes, and later worked for several years at the seattle post-intelligencer, where he broke the story of asbestos contamination in a small montana town.andrew schneider, an acclaimed investigative reporter and public-health journalist, died friday. he was 74.mr. schneider, who lived in missoula, montana, died of heart failure in salt lake city, where he was being treated for pulmonary disease.for several years, he worked at the seattle post-intelligencer, and was remembered by colleagues saturday as a relentless, inspiring reporter who built indelible relationships with people from all walks of life.mr. schneider won two pulitzer prizes, journalism’s highest honor, while at the pittsburgh press — one for sp






the reality of fed-up bolts fans — and why nfl doesn't really care


every so often since jan. 12, 2017, the day when dean spanos, the overly enabled chargers owner and chairman took his nfl team out of san diego, i’ve taken the temperature of the people formerly known as chargers fans.dangling an asbestos thermometer made the most sense, in the early weeks especially.and now, as local fans get a look at another padres non-contender and steve fisher moving on from san diego state?still a no.judging by my social-media feeds and other interactions, if anger is to give way to rapprochement, it may happen about the time hockey pucks are gliding across one of dante’s circles.a three-piece sampler:mike h: i'll never cheer for them again. they're dead to me and they're not our embarrassment anymore. done.michael k: the chargers have the most incompetent and tone-d






the reality of fed-up bolts fans — and why nfl doesn't really care


every so often since jan. 12, 2017, the day when dean spanos, the overly enabled chargers owner and chairman took his nfl team out of san diego, i’ve taken the temperature of the people formerly known as chargers fans.dangling an asbestos thermometer made the most sense, in the early weeks especially.and now, as local fans get a look at another padres non-contender and steve fisher moving on from san diego state?still a no.judging by my social-media feeds and other interactions, if anger is to give way to rapprochement, it may happen about the time hockey pucks are gliding across one of dante’s circles.a three-piece sampler:mike h: i'll never cheer for them again. they're dead to me and they're not our embarrassment anymore. done.michael k: the chargers have the most incompetent and tone-d






the reality of fed-up bolts fans — and why nfl doesn't really care


every so often since jan. 12, 2017, the day when dean spanos, the overly enabled chargers owner and chairman took his nfl team out of san diego, i’ve taken the temperature of the people formerly known as chargers fans.dangling an asbestos thermometer made the most sense, in the early weeks especially.and now, as local fans get a look at another padres non-contender and steve fisher moving on from san diego state?still a no.judging by my social-media feeds and other interactions, if anger is to give way to rapprochement, it may happen about the time hockey pucks are gliding across one of dante’s circles.a three-piece sampler:mike h: i'll never cheer for them again. they're dead to me and they're not our embarrassment anymore. done.michael k: the chargers have the most incompetent and tone-d






troy ramey of long island advances to ‘the voice’ live rounds


sea cliff’s troy ramey advanced to the live rounds of “the voice” monday night, thanks to a powerful version of sia’s “chandelier.”ramey’s coach gwen stefani picked him to move to the next round over stephanie rice, though she will also move to the next round as a member of alicia keys’ team. they will both perform as part of this season’s top 20 starting next monday.most popular“i’m really curious to see what else i can discover about troy’s voice,” stefani said about her choice. “everything that comes out of him comes right from his heart and i think that he has a lot more to offer.”ramey was thrilled about continuing on the show. “being on ‘the voice’ has been like a crazy dream,” he said. “i had no idea it was going to be this much fun. i’m enjoying every minute of it and trying to soa






fidget spinners column prompts wise fourth-grade responses


i have a couple things to say about mrs. eilhauer's fourth-grade class at wescott school in northbrook.first, i will be hiring the students to write most if not all of my future columns, because they seem quite good at this writing thing and, frankly, i could use a break. i'm hoping they don't charge too much.second, from this day forward, i will screen all the letters and email i receive and only read messages written by members of mrs. eilhauer's fourth-grade class. these students are polite and good spellers, and they don't call me mean names or suggest that my face looks like the butt of some type of farm animal.you're probably wondering why i'm talking so much about mrs. eilhauer's fourth-graders. it's because they responded, en masse, to a recent column i wrote about fidget spinners,






fidget spinners column prompts wise fourth-grade responses


i have a couple things to say about mrs. eilhauer's fourth-grade class at wescott school in northbrook.first, i will be hiring the students to write most if not all of my future columns, because they seem quite good at this writing thing and, frankly, i could use a break. i'm hoping they don't charge too much.second, from this day forward, i will screen all the letters and email i receive and only read messages written by members of mrs. eilhauer's fourth-grade class. these students are politeand good spellers, and they don't call me mean names or suggest that my face looks like the butt of some type of farm animal.you're probably wondering why i'm talking so much about mrs. eilhauer's fourth-graders. it's because they responded, en masse, to a recent column i wrote about fidget spinners,






vaginal mesh implants: hundreds sue nhs over 'barbaric' treatment


image caption kate langley has been left in permanent pain by her vaginal mesh implant more than 800 uk women are taking legal action against the nhs and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, the victoria derbyshire programme has learned.the implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but some can cut into the vagina - causing severe discomfort.some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, work or have sex. one called the implants "barbaric".the uk's medicines regulator said it "sympathises" with the women affected.kate langley had to give up her business as a childminder because the pain was so intense she could not look after the children.the surgeon who first examined her, she explained, "could see the [mesh] tape had come through my






vaginal mesh implants: hundreds sue nhs over 'barbaric' treatment


image caption kate langley has been left in permanent pain by her vaginal mesh implant more than 800 uk women are taking legal action against the nhs and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, the victoria derbyshire programme has learned.the implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but some can cut into the vagina - causing severe discomfort.some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, work or have sex. one called the implants "barbaric".the uk's medicines regulator said it "sympathises" with the women affected.kate langley had to give up her business as a childminder because the pain was so intense she could not look after the children.the surgeon who first examined her, she explained, "could see the [mesh] tape had come through my






vaginal mesh implants: hundreds sue nhs over 'barbaric' treatment


image caption kate langley has been left in permanent pain by her vaginal mesh implant more than 800 uk women are taking legal action against the nhs and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, the victoria derbyshire programme has learned.the implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but some can cut into the vagina - causing severe discomfort.some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, work or have sex. one called the implants "barbaric".the uk's medicines regulator said it "sympathises" with the women affected.kate langley had to give up her business as a childminder because the pain was so intense she could not look after the children.the surgeon who first examined her, she explained, "could see the [mesh] tape had come through my






vaginal mesh implants: hundreds sue nhs over 'barbaric' treatment


image caption kate langley has been left in permanent pain by her vaginal mesh implant more than 800 uk women are taking legal action against the nhs and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, the victoria derbyshire programme has learned.the implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but some can cut into the vagina - causing severe discomfort.some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, work or have sex. one called the implants "barbaric".the uk's medicines regulator said it "sympathises" with the women affected.kate langley had to give up her business as a childminder because the pain was so intense she could not look after the children.the surgeon who first examined her, she explained, "could see the [mesh] tape had come through my






vaginal mesh implants: hundreds sue nhs over 'barbaric' treatment


image caption kate langley has been left in permanent pain by her vaginal mesh implant more than 800 uk women are taking legal action against the nhs and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, the victoria derbyshire programme has learned.the implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but some can cut into the vagina - causing severe discomfort.some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, work or have sex. one called the implants "barbaric".the uk's medicines regulator said it "sympathises" with the women affected.kate langley had to give up her business as a childminder because the pain was so intense she could not look after the children.the surgeon who first examined her, she explained, "could see the [mesh] tape had come through my






vaginal mesh implants: hundreds sue nhs over 'barbaric' treatment


image caption kate langley has been left in permanent pain by her vaginal mesh implant more than 800 uk women are taking legal action against the nhs and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, the victoria derbyshire programme has learned.the implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but some can cut into the vagina - causing severe discomfort.some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, work or have sex. one called the implants "barbaric".the uk's medicines regulator said it "sympathises" with the women affected.kate langley had to give up her business as a childminder because the pain was so intense she could not look after the children.the surgeon who first examined her, she explained, "could see the [mesh] tape had come through my






mps urge caution over westminster repairs


image copyrightapimage caption experts say the palace of westminster needs extensive renovation costing billions of pounds more scrutiny is needed of plans to spend billions of pounds renovating the houses of parliament, mps say.the commons treasury committee said no final decision should be taken on how to proceed until it had investigated the options."large construction projects often go wrong," the committee said, and mps would "bear the brunt" of criticism.proposals have been put forward to move mps and peers out of the building while urgent repairs take place.the recommendation, which has been costed at £4bn, was made in september by the joint committee on the palace of westminster.it would involve mps moving into the richmond house building on whitehall currently occupied by the depa






mps urge caution over westminster repairs


image copyrightapimage caption experts say the palace of westminster needs extensive renovation costing billions of pounds more scrutiny is needed of plans to spend billions of pounds renovating the houses of parliament, mps say.the commons treasury committee said no final decision should be taken on how to proceed until it had investigated the options."large construction projects often go wrong," the committee said, and mps would "bear the brunt" of criticism.proposals have been put forward to move mps and peers out of the building while urgent repairs take place.the recommendation, which has been costed at £4bn, was made in september by the joint committee on the palace of westminster.it would involve mps moving into the richmond house building on whitehall currently occupied by the depa