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  • Reuters: Powder Keg

    A Reuters investigation reveals that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder.
  • 60 Minutes: 100,000 Women

    More than 100,000 American women are suing over a medical device implanted in their bodies called gynecological mesh in what has become the largest multi-district litigation since asbestos. Scott Pelley reports on one manufacturer of the devices, Boston Scientific, which is facing 48,000 lawsuits.
  • Toxic City: Sick Schools

    Children in Philadelphia public schools endure environmental hazards -- deteriorated asbestos, damaged lead paint, festering mold and rodent droppings -- that deprive them of a healthy place to learn and thrive. In reaching our major findings, we conducted 175 scientific tests at 19 elementary schools at a cost of nearly $9,000, built a custom database to analyze more than 250,000 room-by-room environmental records, and interviewed more than 120 teachers, parents, students and experts.
  • Unsettling Dust

    The series examined Oregon’s failure to protect workers and the public from breathing airborne asbestos fibers during or after building demolitions. The stories found that hundreds of Portland, Oregon homes had been demolished with asbestos in place, creating a cancer risk to anybody who might have breathed airborne asbestos as a result. A Washington region with stricter reporting requirements had a significantly higher compliance rate, we found. The investigation also found that Oregon is the only state failing to meet federal notification standards necessary to prevent contractors from doing large-scale demolitions without first removing asbestos.
  • Brownfield Cleanups

    An investigation into a Missouri incentive program for brownfield redevelopment found that for several years, an environmental firm and major political donor was hired for all taxpayer-funded cleanups without public competitive bidding, and was typically allowed to operate as consultant and contractor. For the taxpayer-funded cleanup of an abandoned mall near St. Louis, the firm vastly overestimated quantities of hazardous waste, helping the developer secure more than $7 million in brownfield tax credits, and hired itself for the job. The firm told the state it was the low bidder for asbestos removal even though one of the bids came in lower. The program is now under investigation by the state auditor, and the state has delayed issuing the tax credit and reduced the maximum amount that could be paid by $288,000.
  • New York's Finest First Responders

    The First Responders that unhesitatingly dealt with the immediate aftermath of the 911 attacks on New York City discovered, to their dismay, that they too became victims of the Terrorist Attack. Exposure to asbestos and other harmful materials while working on the disaster has caused hundreds of New York's Finest First Responders to face respiratory illnesses including a variety of cancers, as well as depression and PTSD. The Insider Exclusive-New York's Finest First Responders details how the legal team at Sullivan Papain worked tirelessly, and without pay to help create the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund in Congress, and then continued their involvement to make it work. As Stephen Cassidy, President of New York's Uniformed Firefighters association said, the team at Sullivan Papain, .. “went well beyond assisting in the creation of the VCF Fund, as they then willingly and successfully undertook, for absolutely no fee, the representation of 362 injured firefighters and families of deceased firefighters who applied to the Fund" and “As a result of their tireless efforts and dedication, Sullivan Papain has recovered over $260 Million from the Fund for injured firefighters and families of fallen firefighters…. all while foregoing millions of dollars in legal fees”
  • Dangers in the Dust: Inside the Global Asbestos Trade

    The investigation finds that a global network of industry groups has spent nearly $100 million to keep asbestos on the market. Public health authorities say this campaign is helping create new epidemics of asbestos-related disease in countries around the world.
  • Dangers in the Dust: Inside the Global Asbestos Trade

    The global investigation finds that a network of industry groups spent nearly $100 million in public and private money to keep asbestos on the market. The disease-causing fiber is creating epidemics in countries such as China and India and it is estimated it will lead to the deaths of five to ten million people by 2030.
  • The Deadly Dust

    Fox Five found that in the 1990s the National Institutes of Health was not having employees wear the required safety gear, exposing them to asbestos. Using a hidden camera, they were able to confirm that even now employees were still being exposed.
  • Asbestos Woes

    Since 2001 the average of asbestos violations against Maryland schools has risen. "Schools across Maryland have not been following the rules regarding paperwork keeping track of asbestos in their buildings."