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This week’s asbestos news

This week’s asbestos news
By Chris Placitella

Quebec Govt. Grants a $58M Loan to Reopen Asbestos Mine
The Quebec government has granted a $58 million loan to refurbish and reopen the Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos, Quebec. According to the article, the loan will fund more than two thirds of the renovations, which could keep the mine open another 20 years. In addition, “the deal to refurbish Jeffrey Mine will see private investors, led by Balcorp Ltd., kick in another $25 million” for renovations. Staff Report, Winniepeg Free Press 06/29/2012
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Insurance Companies in United Kingdom Avoid Paying Compensation to Victims of Mesothelioma
Insurance companies in the United Kingdom are using a loophole in the law to avoid compensating victims of mesothelioma and plural plaques caused by asbestos. According to the article, if sufferers do not file a complaint with the court within three years of being diagnosed, they are not eligible to make a compensation claim. Retired shipbuilder Ian Hamilton stated, “the insurance companies don’t care about people, they will use any trick in the book to avoid paying out.” John Ferguson, Daily Record – UK 06/29/2012
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New Mexico Business Owners Charged for Negligently Handling Asbestos
Owners of Advantage Asphalt and Seal Coating in Santa Fe, N.M., were fined more than $800,000 for carelessly handling asbestos during a renovation in Bloomfield, N.M. According to the article, the Environmental Department settled the debt with the business owners on Monday, making them pay “$75,000 in civil penalties and surrender its commercial hauler certificate, which will prevent the firm from hauling asbestos or any solid waste in the future.” Phaedra Haywood, Santa Fe New Mexican 07/02/2012
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Special Needs Preschool in Arkansas Shutdown Due to Asbestos Presence
The Kidworx Academy of Harrison, Ark., had to shutdown their facility when asbestos was found throughout the building. According to the Director of the Kidworx Preschool Vicky Richardson, “the school is lacking the funds to operate in the new building and needs the public’s help.” Elizabeth Monte, KHOZ Radio 07/03/2012
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