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Among the U.S. veterans who fought for the country, navy veterans were most affected by mesothelioma. This was because during 1940s and 1970s when World War II and the Korean War were being fought they were exposed to asbestos especially in shipyards where ships were being built or repaired. More than war deaths, they were affected by excessive exposure of asbestos which resulted in them developing the deadly disease of mesothelioma. Almost all parts of ship built during this period had asbestos. This included areas like mess halls, boiler rooms, navigation rooms, sleeping quarters, and engine rooms. The products which used asbestos on ships were valves, adhesives and gaskets.
Asbestos was extensively used in Navy which led to its excessive exposure to millions of Navy veterans resulting in them developing the deadly disease of mesothelioma. Asbestos was used in abundance throughout the 20th century due to it being a good insulation for heat producing products in warships. It could resist corrosion as well as withstand extreme heat.
New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has made a statement saying that it has implemented new protocols to make sure that all of their licensed asbestos inspectors are better monitored. DEP says it will now have all its filing systems computerize and will collaborate with federal, state, and city agencies. According to DEP, the new Internet based filing system will not accept asbestos reports from asbestos testing and inspection services whose license has been suspended or taken away. DEP has over 500 asbestos inspectors who will now be audited and spot-checked to ensure asbestos testing and inspection regulations are enforced.
Asbestos cleanup could cost Toledo Public Schools billions in dollars. It all started when workers from Wolfe Roofing Inc. were repairing the roof of the Old West End Academy at Collingwood Boulevard and Central Avenue. Asbestos was disturbed and fell from the ceiling causing immediate evacuation until the asbestos can be cleaned up. The building is around 81 years old and will go through a thorough clean-up process to remove the asbestos materials before school begins in late August.
Mesothelioma is on the rise in the United States. Approximately 2,000 new cases of asbestos-related conditions are diagnosed each year. It is also estimated that around 499,000 deaths of asbestos-related illnesses has been recorded, and over 721,000 people in the United States have filed claims for asbestos-related illnesses. These numbers are predicted to increase significantly in the future.