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Will the New EPA Head Halt Attempts to Ban Asbestos?

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 12/12/2016

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Retired Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Richard Lemen has devoted his life to documenting the dangers of asbestos and bringing about an end to asbestos-related diseases, so he was understandably elated by two recent events.

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EPA to Assess the Dangers of Asbestos and Other Toxic Substances

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 11/30/2016

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In a move that could lead to asbestos eventually being banned in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday named asbestos as one of 10 high-risk chemicals to be evaluated under a landmark federal chemical safety law enacted earlier this year.

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Mesothelioma Has a Research Problem – Can the Cancer Moonshot Fix It?

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 11/17/2016

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As a cornerstone of the moonshot effort to eliminate cancer as we know it, the Obama administration has pledged to make the sharing of research data – among scientists and with cancer patients – a priority. Paul Zygielbaum knows firsthand how important this is for patients with asbestos-related cancers.

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Parents’ Guide to Protecting Children from Asbestos in Schools

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 9/5/2016

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Millions of children who attend schools in the United States built before the 1980s are at risk of being exposed to harmful asbestos – yet there are important steps parents can take to protect their children.

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Back to School Could Mean Back to Asbestos for Many Students

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 8/26/2016

Asbestos in Schools

More than three decades after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a warning about the dangers of asbestos in American schools, the potential harm to students, teachers, and other school employees continues to exist.

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Ambler Pa.: Asbestos Capital of the World

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 6/29/2016

AMBLER, PA. – The chunks of crumbled concrete looked suspiciously fuzzy.

That’s what Linda Reinstein thought on one June day last year as she toured the Superfund sites and abandoned asbestos factories in this small Pennsylvania borough with her friend and fellow mesothelioma widow Marilyn Amento. Based on her 12 years’ experience with asbestos, Reinstein thought the pieces of crumbled concrete looked “just off enough” to be sent to a lab for testing.

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Keytruda Offers New Hope for Mesothelioma Survivor Paul Zygielbaum

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 6/9/2016

For more than a decade, Paul Zygielbaum had beaten the odds, but now he was certain his time was up. He’d survived four surgeries and three chemotherapy regimens since being diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2004, but by last summer his tumors had spread to his chest and grown massively, he had difficulty breathing and he had lost a significant amount of weight.

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Will the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act Pass This Week?

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 6/6/2016

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Just days before Memorial Day, the U.S. Senate seemed poised to pass a long-overdue, sweeping overhaul of the decades-old, ineffective law governing toxic substances, including asbestos. After all, the legislation had unusual bipartisan support and had just passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 403-12. It also was being supported by such disparate groups as the Environmental Defense Fund, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Chemistry Council. In May, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) also offered their support after significant changes were made to the bill to make asbestos a priority.

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When was Asbestos Banned in the U.S.? It Still Isn't

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 5/31/2016

If anyone is qualified to talk why asbestos should be banned in the United States, it’s retired aerospace engineer and businessman Paul Zygielbaum. His life, work, and medical history encompass America’s deadly legacy of asbestos – and with asbestos imports and use continuing in the United States to this day, his story is a cautionary tale for future generations.

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The Legacy of Libby: Asbestos in America

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 3/28/2016

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For more than three decades, Gayla Benefield has been at the center of tragic events unfolding in Libby, Montana. Three generations of her family have died or become sick from asbestos-related diseases traced to a mine operated by W. R. Grace.

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  • Pulitzer Prize Winner (1998)
  • Professor of Journalism (USC Annenberg School of Journalism)
  • Internationally Accredited Investigative Journalist
  • Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism (2009)
  • George Polk Award for environmental reporting (1997)

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