The asbestos form minerals should have never been taken from the earth.
Asbestos has killed over a million people in the United States. We continue
to spend billions of dollars a year cleaning up for the past use of asbestos.
Each year, over 250,000 sick people or their families file claims for compensation
for asbestos-related disease. Yet this horrible substance is still being
distributed through our society. Asbestos used today will guarantee
the deaths of thousands of our children and grandchildren. Why does this
madness continue? Why doesn't the United State congress join with Europe
and over a dozen other countries in banning all uses of asbestos?
IN THE UNITED STATES
Until 1980, the U.S. Industry placed 700,000 thousand tons of asbestos
in over three thousand different building and machine parts. This was
done each year. Many times the asbestos was only part of the mixture of
glue, plaster, cement, paper, rope, gasket, break, pad or paint. Asbestos
killed the workers who made and installed these products. As these products
were used, the asbestos escaped to pollute everyone's environment. Now
innocent children and adults, who have no occupational contact with asbestos,
are getting deadly mesothelioma cancer. Asthma, lung infections like bronchitis,
heart attacks, cancers, and infections throughout the body are increasing
as a result of asbestos exposure. Ninety-percent of autopsies in New York
City showed asbestos related lung changes and fibers of asbestos. The
ages ranged from 1-78.
Recently a national scandal erupted in Libby, Montana. Thousands of
people, including children, are found to have asbestos related disease
or are under constant monitoring due to asbestos exposure from the vermiculite
mine. Vermiculite, known by the EPA to contain up to 14% deadly asbestos,
is still allowed to be sold as attic insulation and potting soil. Now
nursery workers, rail road workers and others are dying from asbestos
disease due to their exposure to vermiculite. The EPA could have stopped
this in 1984 but failed to do so. This example is one of thousands that
show the controlled use of asbestos is not possible without spreading
disease and death. Asbestos use in any form is deadly. Asbestos
must be banned. The United States must forbid any company from exporting
or importing asbestos. All contaminated areas must be cleaned properly.
All asbestos victims must be fully compensated. This tragedy has gone
on far to long. The asbestos industry represents only a fraction of 1%
of the business community. Its assets and those of its insurers offer
the basis for funding the solutions. No real solutions can be provided
without first banning asbestos. The ban must include decontamination programs
and compensation programs. The U.S. Uses less than 25,000 tons of asbestos
each year and there are many suitable and safe substitutes.
December 17th is ASBESTOS HAZARD AWARENESS DAY.
Its message this year is Ban Asbestos.
Paul Safchuck, President October 25, 2000
Send statements of support, group resolutions, questions and donations
to the above address. Remember: December 17, 2000, is ASBESTOS
HAZARD AWARENESS DAY.
4/16/05: Spectre to Introduce
U.S. Asbestos Bill This Week
5/22/05: Individuals Injured
by Asbestos Exposure Oppose Specter's Trust Fund Legislation
10/16/05: Victim's Organizations
Form Asbestos Victims Coalition in Opposition to Asbestos Trust
11/17/05: White Lung Mourns Jose
12/18/05: Frist Introducing Asbestos
Bill in January
12/04/06: Asbestos Watch Newsletter:
Help Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the WHITE LUNG ASSOCIATION
Asbestos Victim's Superfund
Asbestos Watch March 14, 2005 (Maryland
chapter of the White Lung Association meetings)
Directorate of Safety, Health,
and Environment (open letter)
Joe Oliver's Alerts:
Joe Oliver, National Board Member and former President of the
White Lung Association, has issued a call to all persons to help
gather evidence on the conspiracy by asbestos trade organizations
to suppress the knowledge about the hazards of asbestos exposure.
If you know anything about this horrific history or have documents
which can be used to further prove their heinous crimes, please
contact Joe Oliver, WLA, POB 1483, Balt. MD 21203.
The White Lung Association stands
in opposition to The Specter Bill (S.852)
S.1115: Bill to amend the Toxic Substances
Control Act to reduce the health risks posed by asbestos-containing
products - This bill is supported by the WLA.
Meet Mr. Asbestos
Proceedings of the Asbestos
Symposium for the Asian Countries - now available for purchase.
Senator Specter Breaks Promise to
Mesothelioma Patient and Research Community
Senate Judiciary Committee returns to
Mark-Up on May 11th: Proposed asbestos trust fund legislation
will further penalize victims of asbestos-caused diseases
May 2003, the Global Environment & Technology Foundation developed
the "Asbestos Strategies" report.
The latest issue is Spring 2005
The latest issue is January 4, 2007
December 17, 2000 is Asbestos Hazard Awareness Day
Articles & Publications:
Occupational Respiratory Diseases:
Asbestos Associated Disease -- Reprinted from: Maxcy-Rosenau
Public Health and Preventative Medicine 11th ed. (John
M. Last, Ed.) 1980, Appleton-Century-Crofts
Asbestos Victims Deserve Compensation
Not Betrayal: position release by the Board of Directors, White
Paul Safchuck May
Nicholson Dies at 70
Ray Sentes Brave
Fighter For Asbestos Victims