Asbestos Hearing set for Feb. 28

25 Feb 2008 by under Events, News, Organizations

The U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing on Feb. 28, 2008, to discuss asbestos. In the next decade, it is estimated that 100,000 people – 30 per day – will lose their lives as a result of asbestos exposure.What can you do?

  1. Sign the petition. The () has created a petition asking Congress to totally ban asbestos in industrial materials, consumer products and toys. Visit this website to add your name to this petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/totally-ban-asbestos.html
  2. Contact your Representative. Visit http://www.house.gov/ to find your Representative and write him or her to ask for careful consideration of this issue in the hearing, and in support of the Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007.

On March 1, 2007, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced S. 742: Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007 to the 110th Congress. This is an act to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the health risks posed by asbestos-containing materials and products having asbestos-containing material, and for other purposes. The bill is an effort to ban all production and use of asbestos in America, launch public education campaigns to raise awareness about its dangers and expand research and treatment of diseases cause by asbestos.The bill passed in the Senate on Oct. 4, 2007 by Unanimous Consent. A record of each representative’s position was not kept.The bill now goes on to be voted on in the House.

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