Montana asbestos victims get help in midnight amendment slipped into the health care bill.

The frequently forgotten and often ignored asbestos victims in Libby, Mont., came out as possible big winners in the dead-of-night battle over health care reform. According to the Associated Press, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus quietly inserted language in a … Continue reading

America’s largest public health group finally signs on to ban asbestos.

At last, the world’s oldest public health organization has joined the funeral dirge-paced parade to ban asbestos in the U.S. The 50,000-member American Public Health Association adopted a resolution at its annual meeting this week calling on Congress to pass … Continue reading

Asbestos warning finally issued by Surgeon General, or was it?

After years of cajoling from the U.S. Senate and pleading from health activists, the Office of the Surgeon General finally warned the public of the dangers of asbestos. Back in April, then-acting Surgeon General Steven Galson issued a statement about … Continue reading

Doctors have finally learned what causes the constant pain of asbestos-related diseases and cancers.

Dr. Michael Harbut has diagnosed and treated thousands of workers suffering from disease caused by exposure to asbestos in Detroit’s automobile plants and to the taconite miners on the Iron Range of northern Michigan and Minnesota. A couple of months … Continue reading

CBS finally recalls CSI crime-lab toy that contains asbestos

Just before Christmas 2007, an asbestos victims’ organization announced that testing it had commissioned had found potentially lethal asbestos fibers in the fingerprint powder of CBS broadcasting’s best-selling “CSI Crime Lab” toys. Only now, 20 months later, after prodding from … Continue reading

EPA returns to old vermiculite processing sites throughout the country to see if neighbors are at risk from asbestos.

A Cold Truth Special Report SPOKANE, Wash. – It was a strange sight. Two people dressed head-to-toe in protective Tyvek and full-face respirators, carrying a stainless steel bowl and a dirt scoop as they weaved through tomato plants, ducked under … Continue reading

Court tells Chrysler to back off and allow asbestos victim to be buried; meanwhile the automaker's PR staff is busy lobbying for billions more from tax-payers.

Harold St. John will finally be buried over the strenuous objections of the Chrysler automotive company. As if death by mesothelioma wasn’t traumatic enough, the auto giant made the family of the 67-year-old former auto mechanic spend almost two weeks … Continue reading