Ethylene Oxide Levels Being Measured in Lake County

Ethylene Oxide Levels Being Measured in Lake County

June 11, 2019

Lake County (Ill.) Health Department officials are in the process of measuring levels of ethylene oxide near companies in the northern suburbs. The cancer-causing chemical is used for the sterilization of equipment by Medline Industries in Gurnee and Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Waukegan.

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FDA: Asbestos Found in Cosmetics in Clair’s Stores, Beauty Plus Global

FDA: Asbestos Found in Cosmetics in Clair’s Stores, Beauty Plus Global

June 10, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid using cosmetics sold by Claire’s Stores and Beauty Plus Global after the agency found makeup products containing asbestos, a cancer-causing material for which there is no safe level of exposure.

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EPA: Residents within 1.5 miles of Willowbrook Sterigenics plant had up to 10 times higher risk of cancer

EPA: Residents within 1.5 miles of Willowbrook Sterigenics plant had up to 10 times higher risk of cancer

June 3, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that residents living within a mile and a half of the Sterigenics plant in suburban Willowbrook had 10 times the risk of cancer than the agency deems acceptable.

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EPA denies petition to expand asbestos reporting obligations

EPA denies petition to expand asbestos reporting obligations

May 2, 2019

A petition asking for the expansion of asbestos reporting obligations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been denied by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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New U.S. Asbestos Regulation Imposed by EPA, Critics Say Rule Falls Short

New EPA Asbestos Regulation Imposed, Critics Say Rule Falls Short

April 18, 2019

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new asbestos regulation designed to close loopholes in a 30-year-old law that was preventing the agency from restricting the sale of certain products containing the deadly mineral.

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FDA: Asbestos Found in Claire’s Makeup

FDA: Asbestos Found in Claire’s Makeup

March 8, 2019

Samples of three Claire’s makeup products have tested positive for asbestos and the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers after the company failed to comply with a recall request.

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Asbestos Imports Surge as Carcinogen Remains Legal in US

Asbestos Imports Surge as Carcinogen Remains Legal in US

October 25, 2018

The amount of asbestos imported into the United States increased by nearly 2,000 percent between July and August this year, according to new government data analyzed by Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and Environmental Working Gro

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EPA Watchdog: Asbestos in Schools Not Being Properly Monitored

EPA Watchdog: Asbestos in Schools Not Being Properly Monitored

September 18, 2018

Schools in the United States have not been properly monitored for asbestos levels, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s watchdog.

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Asbestos Found in Playskool Crayons, Advocacy Group Claims

Asbestos Found in Playskool Crayons, Advocacy Group Claims

August 9, 2018

A consumer advocacy group is calling on Dollar Tree and other retailers to pull a popular brand of crayons they say contains toxic levels of asbestos, a material found to cause mesothelioma and other deadly types of lung canc

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How to Identify Asbestos During Home Remodels

November 20, 2015

Even though asbestos has been used in construction of homes for centuries, it was deemed dangerous to the point of being regulated by the United States federal government in the 1970s. As of 2006, however, asbestos was still lingering, found in around 30 million homes and schools during remodeling and rebuilding.

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