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Some children’s products in the US found to contain asbestos

An environmental advocacy group in the U.S. recently expressed concern after discovering that some brands of children’s crayons and toys contained asbestos minerals, CNN reported on July 8.

Based on the laboratory test evaluations by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund, some crayons and crime laboratory toy kit products sold in the U.S. were found to contain asbestos. The EWG Action Fund has identified four crayon brands and two children’s toys that may contain the harmful mineral. Consumers were strongly advised to avoid buying these products, as exposure to asbestos has been linked to respiratory cancers and other harmful conditions. The affected products, which are largely available in well-known stores nationwide, were made in China.

Asbestos minerals are linked to mesothelioma, a type of serious respiratory cancer that is not always treatable. To learn more information about the hazards of asbestos and how a lawyer may help you, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.     

Ex worker pleads guilty to asbestos violation in a S.C. project

A former worker of Gramercy Group Inc. recently admitted in court to making false statements to state agents about environmental compliance in dealing with asbestos minerals in a South Carolina building project, a June 30 article of The Post and Courier stated.

After pleading guilty to a Clean Water Act violation on June 26, 61-year-old Albert Dickson of New York will settle a fine of $10,000 and face two years in prison. Court documents showed that Dickson deliberately lied to DHEC agents that a filter system was set up to prevent asbestos from reaching the city sewer. However, an inspection in 2011 revealed that the sewer contained asbestos, and there was no filtration in the facility. After the inspection, Dickson’s employer was permitted to complete the work. A spokesperson of DHEC stated that the asbestos in the sewer system did not pose a risk to the public because the sewer is isolated from the public.

When asbestos dust is inhaled, people are at risk of developing mesothelioma, a rare cancer in the lungs linked to asbestos exposure. Learn more about the dangers of asbestos and the importance of enlisting the help of a lawyer today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

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