Texas Texting & Driving Law Takes Effect September 1!

Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D- Laredo, fought for this day through five legislative sessions comprising ten years. The bill, with her sponsorship, finally passed both House and Senate and was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6, 2017. Now there are only three states remaining without a texting while driving ban – Arizona, […]

Effects of Cosmetics are More than Skin Deep

In the 16th century, a Swiss physician and philosopher, Paracelsus, stated that any substance applied to or in the body can cause harm, given the right circumstances. In other words, “the dose makes the poison.” This is true especially with the wide range of chemicals, nano particles, asbestos contaminated talc, and other substances used in […]

The Drever in Dallas: Historic High-Rise Gets High-End Renovation

Downtown Dallas will have a new shining star when the renovation of the former First National Bank tower at 1401 Elm Street is complete. Once the tallest building in Dallas, this 52-year-old skyscraper, long-vacant, is in the midst of a major redesign and upgrade. The Drever will consist of a combination of 324 apartments, 218 […]

Asbestos Abatement Taking Place in Dallas Schools Over Summer

Asbestos is a mineral that was used in construction materials for decades – even until the late 1970s. Once encapsulated asbestos materials are installed, they generally don’t pose a health hazard unless disturbed or deteriorating. Crumbling or broken asbestos materials create the opportunity for asbestos fibers to become airborne. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead […]

Airport Asbestos Exposure Confirmed

KXAN is an Austin, Texas NBC affiiate providing in-depth investigative reporting through their nine-member team, KXAN Investigates. The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s (ABIA) Maintenance Complex Building became a target for the team when airport personnel revealed health and safety concerns to the group. Intensive investigation led to finding substantial asbestos contamination in these offices during the […]

Kilgore College Proactively Addresses Asbestos

In 2015, Kilgore College put into place a plan to address asbestos in the older buildings in response to questions concerning the school’s attention to potential asbestos hazards. At that time, the college received a clean report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, the state health department, and other […]

Asbestos Found in Dallas Fire Station 57

After an inspection uncovered asbestos in floor tiles, Dallas Fire Station 57 closed until more testing was conducted. The personnel in Fire Station 57 were allowed to return to the building after the Dallas Office of Environmental Quality and Office of Risk Management determined that there was no risk from this asbestos as it was […]