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Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act of 2017 Passes House Judiciary Committee Vote

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 2/17/2017

Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act of 2017 Passes House Judiciary Committee Vote

For years, advocates for people with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases have successfully fought efforts to pass a controversial bill that would make it significantly more difficult for asbestos victims to file claims, likely delaying their receiving compensation.

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Asbestos, Lies, and Videotape: Corporate Spy Poses as Filmmaker to Dupe Anti-Asbestos Advocates

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 2/9/2017

Corporate Spy

It is an extraordinary story of corporate espionage, intrigue, and betrayal.

For four years, a British man working for a prominent corporate intelligence firm infiltrated the global network of anti-asbestos advocates working to ban asbestos in the United States and around the world. By posing as a sympathetic filmmaker working on a documentary about the dangers of asbestos, the British man, Rob Moore, obtained sensitive information about the anti-asbestos network’s funding, aims, and strategies and the personalities of its key advocates.

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Will the New EPA Head Halt Attempts to Ban Asbestos?

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 1/7/2017

EPA sign

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

Asbestos Abatement

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

Syringe and Microscope

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

Hallway at School

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

Marilyn Amento Marilyn Amento speaking at the ADAO Senate Staff Briefing

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

Paul Zygielbaum and his wife Michelle Paul Zygielbaum and his wife Michelle

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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  • 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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