Asbestos Mining News

Canada invests $12m to extract magnesium from asbestos tailings

The government has introduced new regulations to ban asbestos and products containing asbestos, but they don't apply to residues left from mining the carcinogenic material.

Miners still affected by past asbestos exposure 

Approximately 15% of all coal mines in America contain dangerous levels of asbestos.

German researchers develop mineral as flexible as rubber

Experts believe their invention could be a good replacement for asbestos.

Canada waves asbestos mining ‘au revoir’

A loan rejection to the last asbestos miner in the country followed by Canada’s federal government’s announcement that it wouldn’t oppose to list Chrysotile —the type of asbestos found in Quebec — as a hazardous substance, are the latest signs of the country shelving one of the most polemic mining products once and for all.

Canada won't oppose listing asbestos as a hazardous material

Following the shift in provincial policy after the Quebec provincial election, the Harper government said on Friday that it will no longer oppose international efforts to put asbestos on a list of hazardous substances.

From asbestos to ‘Plan Nord’: Canada’s Quebec sparks controversy over mining plans

Weeks after Quebec’s ruling Liberal party re-launched the province's asbestos industry with a $58-million loan to the Jeffrey mine, opposition leaders are calling the federal government to end what they call a "morally and scientifically indefensible" product.

Asbestos found at Rio Tinto's iron ore mine in Australia

The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum is investigating evidence of asbestos contamination at Rio Tinto's West Angelas iron ore mine, in the Pilbara region.

Canada’s asbestos industry on its way out

LAB Chrysotile Inc., one of the two remaining Quebec’s asbestos miners, has filed for bankruptcy because of high fixed costs and sharply declining revenues.

Zimbabwe keen to reopen asbestos mine

Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe Finance Ministers said on Friday the re-opening of the Shabani Mine is a critical imperative for the economy calling it is a tragedy that nearby town of Zvishavane is increasingly becoming a ghost town, with upstream and downstream industries which depend on asbestos mining having collapsed. Biti was presenting his mid-term fiscal review where he predicted the country's mining sector as a whole growing by 34%, buoyed by firming international mineral prices, improved power supply arrangements and output growth.

Bagging asbestos in the 1960s

YouTube user markdcatlin uploaded a film showing how workers milled and bagged asbestos in the 1960s. The film was shot at the Cassiar Asbestos Company's asbestos mine in British Columbia, Canada. The mine and mill started operations in 1953 and closed in 1992 when the company went bankrupt, taking the town of Cassiar with it.