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One Fiber: Why Recent Rulings and Studies May Revive the Asbestos Policy Debate

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  • 2:28PM Jul 30, 2012
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In a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling on the asbestos toxic tort case Betz v Pneumo Abex LLC, an expert witness simultaneously claimed that asbestos disease is dose dependent and that the inhalation of a single asbestos fiber can cause disease1. The court rejected these contradictory points and stated that use of the single fiber […]

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Flawed Freeze-Thaw Testing Standards Unreliable for Predicting Concrete Tie Failures

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  • 2:21PM Jul 30, 2012
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The scientific world has achieved remarkable discoveries and innovations responsible for the modern technology we rely on today. Despite our scientific sophistication, the ability to manipulate time—speed it up, slow it down, reverse it—remains largely a figment of our collective imagination, or a plot vehicle in a science fiction novel. This is not a ground-breaking […]

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Opportunities to Improve Oil and Gas Well Barrier Stewardship

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  • 2:19PM Jul 30, 2012
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The number of widely publicized oil and gas well failures is a reminder of the engineering challenges associated with drilling activities and the importance of safety controls in well operation. These accidents highlight an area of significant engineering and liability concern in a burgeoning industry that is expanding into new geographic locations with local populations […]

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Physicochemical and Morphological Characterization of Nanoparticles From Photocopiers: Implications for Environmental Health

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  • 3:11PM Jul 29, 2012
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In a recent article published in the peer-reviewed Nanotoxicology journal, RJ Lee Group’s Dr. Kristin Bunker, along with Dhimiter Bello, John Martin, Christopher Santeufemio, Qingwei Sun, Martin Shafer, and Philip Demokritou, explores the potential linking of printing and photocopying with environmental health effects by analyzing nanoparticles produced by the technologies. Here is the abstract:

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Expert Analysis: The EPA’s Regulatory Changes Regarding Trichloroethylene & Safe Environmental Levels

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  • 3:15PM May 21, 2012
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VOCs may be found in soil and groundwater near industrial plants using solvents and in a variety of industrial and commercial processes including chemical manufacturing and petroleum refining. In September 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final health assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE), a chlorinated hydrocarbon commonly used in industrial degreasing solvent operations such […]

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