Asbestos Nation

The Asbestos Towers

Asbestos, 9/11 and the World Trade Center

10-Minute Overview of 30 Years of Fraud at Lloyd's

Ford spent $40 million to reshape asbestos science

Asbestos is far from a legacy issue

1898 The Chief Inspector of Factories of the United Kingdom reports to Parliament in his Annual Report about the "evil effects of asbestos dust".

He reports the "sharp, glass like nature of the particles" when allowed to remain in the air in any quantity, "have been found to be injurious.

1918 An American insurance incorporation produces a study showing premature deaths in the asbestos industry in America.

Members of the nonoccupationally exposed population have tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of asbestos fibers in each gram of dry lung tissue, which translates into millions of fibers and tens of thousands of asbestos fibers in the lungs of every person.

Asbestos causes asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer the incidence of which is increased by tobacco smoking.

1980 In August a formal study group of insiders, called the "Asbestos Working Party," is established at Lloyd's to formulate a strategy to deal with the ever-growing and ever-more-difficult to conceal problem of asbestos claims.

In October the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth circuit announced its decision in INA v. Forty-Eight Insulations, Inc. holding that every exposure to asbestos fibers was a separate harm, and that every insurer along the way during the entire period of exposure, which might be twenty years or more, had a duty to defend and indemnify.

1999 15,000 tons of asbestos contaminated soil remain at a Libby, Montana site which processed vermiculite ore beginning in 1948.

A health study of residents showed residents have a much higher incidence of pleural thickening and lung scarring from asbestos exposure than the general public.

18% of the nearly 5600 adults examined had pleural thickening or lung scarring.

The national average for people not exposed to asbestos is between 0.2% to 2.3%.

Of the 328 former mine employees tested, 159, or 48% showed lung scarring.

Many of the village women who were diagnosed with these asbestos related ailments reportedly came into contact with asbestos fibers while washing their husband's work clothes.

2001 RAND Institute for Civil Justice published its asbestos litigation study labeled "Asbestos Litigation in the US: A New Look at an Old Issue."

- Over 500,000 claimants have filed suit to date;

- At least 5 firms have had 300,000 - 500,000 claims each;

- The number of mesothelioma claims began to increase in the mid-1990s;

- US Insurers have to date paid $21.6 billion for asbestos personal injury claims;

- 27 million people in the US were exposed to asbestos occupationally from 1940 - 1979.

September 11, 2001 The WTC Towers were built between 1968 to 1972.

A slurry mixture of asbestos and cement was sprayed on as fireproofing material.

This practice was banned by the New York City Council in 1971.

The collapse of the twin towers releases a plume containing 400 tons of pulverized asbestos and other hazardous materials across lower Manhattan.

The Twin Towers had large amounts of asbestos fireproofing which would have necessitated costly removal had they remained standing.

Some sense of the cost of removing the asbestos from the Twin Towers can be obtained by the example of 55 Broad Street.

The removal of asbestos in that building cost $70 million when it was empty, five times the cost of the building's construction 15 years before.

An estimated 410,000 to 525,000 people, including more than 90,000 workers, were exposed to the toxic dust during the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts that followed the attack.

A region of several square miles was blanketed by a fine powder.

This powder, consisting of the pulverized remains of non-metallic elements and contents of the Towers, contained significant percentages of asbestos.

The World Trade Center dust consisted of approximately:

50% nonfibrous construction materials;

40% glass and other fibers;

9.2% cellulose from disintegrated paper;

4% asbestos.

Asbestos Exposure and 9/11.

Towers' Destruction 'Solved' Asbestos Problem

911 reinsurance

2005 Economic consulting firm, Bates White, completes a review of the "Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act" (FAIR) and found that the planned $140 billion trust fund which would be set up to pay asbestos personal injury claims would be insolvent within three years.

The firm estimates the range of claim payouts under the plan would generate between $300 billion and $695 billion of claims.

The US Department of Justice and the EPA announced that a federal grand jury in the District of Montana has indicted WR Grace and seven current and former Grace executives for knowingly endangering residents of Libby, Montana, and concealing information about the health affects of its asbestos mining operations.

According to the indictment, WR Grace and its executives, as far back as the 1970's, attempted to hide the fact that toxic asbestos was present in vermiculite products.

The government claims the corporation's own medical studies of its miners created a paper trail that will prove the charges of wire fraud, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and violations of the Clean Air Act.

"Our major problem is death from respiratory cancer."- note by WR Grace executive Henry A. Eschenbach in 1982

2009 The defendants are acquitted in the Libby, Montana case.

List of Solvent and Active Trust Fund Companies

A-Best Products — A-Best Asbestos Settlement Trust A.P. Green Industries — APG Asbestos Trust A.B.B. Global Inc. — Lummus 524(g) Asbestos Personal Injury Trust A&I Corporation — A&I Corporation Asbestos Bodily Injury Trust A, C & S Inc. — A, C & S Asbestos Settlement Trust API, Inc. — API, Inc. Asbestos Settlement Trust Armstrong World Industries — AWI Inc. Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust ARTRA Group — ARTRA 524(g) Asbestos Trust Asarco, Inc. — ASARCO LLC Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust Asbestos Claims Management Corp./National Gypsum Company — NGC Bodily Injury Trust Babcock & Wilcox Company — Babcock & Wilcox Asbestos Trust Bondex — Bondex Trust Burns & Roe Enterprises Inc. — Burns & Roe Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement C.E. Thurston & Sons — C.E. Thurston & Sons, Inc. Asbestos Trust Celotex Corporation/Carey Canada, Inc. — Celotex Asbestos Settlement Trust Combustion Engineering — Combustion Engineering 524(g) Asbestos Personal Injury Trust Congoleum Corporation — Congoleum Plan Trust Dresser Industries — DII Industries LLC Asbestos Personal Injury Trust Eagle Pitcher Corporation — Eagle Pitcher Industries Personal Injury Settlement Trust Federal Mogul Corp. — Federal Mogul U.S. Asbestos Personal Injury Ferodo — Federal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust – Ferodo Subfund Flexitallic — Federal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury – Flexitallic Subfund Flintkote Co./Flintkote Mines Ltd. — Flintkote Company and Flintkote Mines Limited Asbestos Personal Injury Trust General Motors — MLC Asbestos Personal Injury Trust Global Industrial Technologies (Harbison-Walker) — DII Industries LLC Asbestos Personal Injury Trust G-1 Holdings — G-1 Asbestos Settlement Trust Hercules Chemical — Hercules Chemical Company Inc. Asbestos Settlement Trust H.K. Porter Co. Ltd. — H.K. Porter Asbestos Trust J.T. Thorpe (C.D. Cal) — J.T. Thorpe Settlement Trust J.T. Thorpe (S.D. Tex.) — J.T. Thorpe Company Successor Trust Johns-Manville Corp./Philadelphia Asbestos Corp. (Pacor) — Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust Kaiser Aluminum Corp. — Kaiser Asbestos Personal Injury Trust Keene Corp. — Keene Creditors Trust Kentile — Metex Asbestos Personal Injury Trust Leslie Controls — Leslie Controls, Inc. Asbestos Personal Injury Trust MacArthur Co./Western Asbestos Company — Western Asbestos Settlement Trust National Gypsum — NGC Bodily Injury Trust North American Refractories Co. (NARCO) — North American Refractories Company Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust Owens Corning — Owens Corning Fiberboard Asbestos Personal Injury Pittsburgh Corning — Pittsburgh Corning Corporation Asbestos Personal Injury Trust Plant Insulation Company — Plant Insulation Company Asbestos Settlement Trust Pilbrico Co. — Pilbrico Asbestos Trust Porter-Hayden Co.— Porter-Hayden Bodily Injury Trust Quigley Co. — Quigley Co. Inc. Asbestos Personal Injury Trust Raymark Corp. Raytech Corp. — Raytech Corporation Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust Shook & Fletcher Insulation Co. — Shook & Fletcher Asbestos Settlement Trust T.H. Agriculture & Nutrition — T.H. Agriculture & Nutrition LLC. Asbestos Personal Injury Trust Thorpe Insulation Co./Pacific Insulation Co. — Thorpe Insulation Company Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust Turner & Newall — Federal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust – Turner & Newall Subfund United States Gypsum Co./USG Corp. — United States Gypsum Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust United States Mineral Products — U.S. Mineral Products Company Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust UNR Industries/UNARCO Industries Inc. — UN Asbestos-Disease Personal Injury Trust W.R. Grace & Co. — WRG Asbestos Personal Injury Trust Yarway — Yarway Asbestos Personal Injury Trust

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