The Call for Elimination of Asbestos Related Diseases and Exposure

Chicago, IL — The U.S. House of Representatives and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials was commended today by The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADOA) for introducing H.R. 6903, the “Bruce Vento Ban Asbestos and Prevent Mesothelioma Act of 2008.” The passage of this legislation will greatly reduce the exposure to asbestos and the fatal diseases associated with asbestos contact. Linda Reinstein, Executive and Cofounder of ADAO, is praising the tireless efforts of the volunteers in her organization and the members of Congress who have advocated and worked at this important piece of legislation over the past four years. The ADOA is further stressing the urgency of a quick passage of this bill in Congress. The call is for a prompt signature from the President.

“As we remember the tragedy of 9-11, thousands still suffer from the irreversible damage caused from asbestos exposure. An asbestos ban prohibiting its importation, manufacturing, processing and distribution is absolutely necessary and long overdue,” stated Linda Reinstein. “Other countries look to us to set global examples of responsibility and accountability. We must ban asbestos to eradicate the deadly diseases caused from asbestos exposure that plague so many families. As the largest volunteer organization in the United States, we are enormously pleased to support H.R. 6903 banning asbestos, a known human carcinogen, to protect public health.”

Recent studies indicate mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis, along with other asbestos related diseases, are on the rise. Some figures estimate some 100,000 victims will die, of an asbestos related illness, over the next ten years. Considering the ongoing mesothelioma litigation and arrests of improper handling and exposing of asbestos containing materials, the passage of this bill is imperative for our public safety as a whole.

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