March 2007

Mesothelioma found among Minnesota iron miners

Minnesota’s state health department did an analysis of iron miners and found a high incidence of mesothelioma. Another case of occupational exposure to asbestos resulting in cancer. Of course there are other pulmonary diseases associated with mining. The asbestos in question here was present in the ore pulled out of the ground.

Vento testifies; asbestos bill reintroduced

The Senate Health Committee’s employment and workplace safety subcommittee held a hearing yesterday and the widow of Bruce Vento testified. Vento was a congressman who died several years ago from mesothelioma. Senator Patty Murray is continuing her crusade to ban asbestos, and reintroduced her bill to ban the material. Murray has tried to get this …

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